Beatrice Onuchukwu Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra has given conditions to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South-East governors for a genuine peace and reconciliation to prevail.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Wednesday IPOB’s Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerfull insisted that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South-East governors should produce Nnamdi Kanu and his parents allegedly abducted by the army during an attack on their Afaraukwu home in Abia State in October, last year.
IPOB’s demand came barely four days after a meeting convened by Prof Ben Nwabueze in his Ogbaru home, Anambra State to broker peace between the Biafra agitators and Igbo leaders. In the meeting were the President- General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, IPOB lawyer, Mr Aloy Ejimakor and clergymen.But in the statement signed by deputy IPOB leader, Uche Mefor and IPOB ,the pro-secessionist group gave five conditions for reconciliation, among which was the lift on ban on the proscription of IPOB.
The statement read in part, “Ohaneze Ndigbo should lead Igbo governors in the public de-proscription of IPOB in the South East. This is because we are mindful of the fact that Ohaneze Ndigbo and lgbo governors were the first to ban IPOB before the Federal Government stepped in to tag all of us terrorists.” Ohaneze Ndigbo must prevail on the Federal Government to de-proscribe IPOB. This is an absolute prerequisite. ”
An unreserved apology must be tendered to IPOB over the complicity of lgbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo in instigating Operation Python Dance that resulted in the death of hundreds of IPOB activists.”Ohaneze Ndigbo should publicly demand for the whereabouts of our leader Maxi Nnamtli Kanu, his parents, Sir I. O Kanu and Ugoeze Sally N. Kanu.
The statement added, “They should also apologise to the Afaraukwu Ibeku community for their complicity in the invasion of the palace of their traditional ruler.” Federal Government should set up a high powered delegation to meet with IPOB High Command in Europe to negotiate terms for a final status settlement.
“When these conditions are met, only then will IPOB be in a position to agree modalities on how best to work closely with Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership to achieve the ultimate goal of genuine Igbo/Bialra emancipation”.
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