Igbo youths below the aegis of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) have berated the management of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) over their opposition to the unconditional launch of the detained chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
OYC stated its northern counterpart, AYCF, ought to accentuate efforts on fixing assaults of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits ravaging the North, fairly than poking its nostril into the affairs of Kanu.
The Igbo group stated this in its response to statements made by the AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, who throughout a media interview claimed that permitting Kanu to go unpunished can be detrimental to Nigeria and the Nigerian Government.
Yerima’s view adopted the assembly between President Muhammadu Buhari and a few outstanding Igbo individuals, led by elder statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.
However, in a press release issued on Tuesday on behalf of Igbo youths, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, accused Shettima of taking part in politics with a really delicate matter.
Okwu puzzled why “Arewa youths have never given such opposition to the release and reintegration of so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists but were against the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a freedom fighter.
“We have consistently made it clear that Kanu is engaging in self-determination, which is recognised under the international law and conventions.
“The Biafra agitation is also undoubtedly being fuelled by the ill-treatment of the Igbo in Nigeria, and till this point, there appears to have been no lessons learnt by those benefiting from this unjust nature of the country.
“This is why the Arewa youths will talk the way they did. One expects that they should be more concerned with the worsening activities of bandits and Boko Haram, than Nnamdi Kanu.”
The Igbo group urged President Buhari to go forward and honour the Igbo leaders in keeping with his promise throughout the go to.
The assertion continued, “We are also urging the Governors and the South-East caucus of the National Assembly, led by Senator Ike Ekweremadu not to relent on their own efforts.
“The timely release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be of utmost concern to every Igbo person, and our political, religious and traditional leaders must unite to accomplish that goal.”