Apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB of endangering the lives and property of Igbos living in Northern Nigeria, following the move to attack President Buhari in Japan.
It will be recalled that the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu ordered members of the group to attack President Buhari, who is currently in Japan for a summit. Ohanaeze believes that this development has put the lives of Igbos living in the north at risk because of reprisal attacks.
Below is a statement signed by the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro;
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is calling on Igbos planning any violent Protests in Japan or planned arrest of President Muhammadu Buhari to put off such senseless efforts as it’s endangering the lives and properties of Igbos living in 19 Northern States, apart from the risk of being jailed or deportations from Japan, anything else that happened to Buhari will certainly put Igbos in fear and Danger.”
“Most of those sponsoring the supposed planned attack or trying to carry out the assault on President Buhari, do not have any investment in Nigeria particularly the South East, Igbos are wiser than yesterday, many Ipob leaders including Nnamdi Kanu, do not have any investment in South-East or Biafra land, Many of them are yet to build a house in the South East,We are aware many of the people staging the protests should remember that they’re breadwinners of their families in Nigeria,We should vigorously defend our land while building bridges across the Niger, We are Praying for Ipob leaders to repent and not to jeopardize the peaceful atmosphere we have experienced in the South East since the War ended in 1970.”
“Attacking President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan is not an achievement, but will portray Igbos before the international community as terrorists which we can never be, irrespective of that Igbos are facing a Herculaneum tasks politically and economically in Nigeria this period, coupled with the uprising of insecurity challenges emanating from suspected Fulani Herdsmen,we should not worsen the situation by introducing violent Protests and approach the will attract reprisal assault on the peace-loving Igbos staying in Northern Nigeria.”