Ohanaeze replies critics on Nnamdi Kanu


With reference to rearrested Nnamdi Kanu, the National Publicity of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnia, has said that the Igbo socio-cultural group is not silent.

Ogbonnia said according to Punch on Friday, that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo have been meeting over the issue of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, although they won’t tell the public yet details of their discussions.

Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, and terrorism, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and fled Nigeria.

Recall that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, had set up a 28-member committee made up of notable South-West personalities to look into the arrest of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, and other issues relating to the South-West.

Some critics, slammed south-easterners bigwigs for allegedly not doing enough to stand with Kanu.

The Ohanaeze spokesperson, reacting, insists Igbos were united.

He said, “The Igbo are meeting, it’s just that we are not publicising it as such. We meet and reach an agreement on steps to take. It was the Igbo elders that met and told Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe to stand as a surety for Nnamdi Kanu when he needed one.

“The Ohanaeze also provided him with legal services when his trial started. To ensure the fair trial of Nnamdi Kanu, we constituted a legal team led by the National Legal Adviser of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and eminent Igbo leaders to monitor the legal proceedings throughout the trial.”

Ogbonnia continued, “We are not silent on the affairs of Nnamdi Kanu, we have been meeting. Ohaeneze have met, other Igbo elders have also met, so we are not quiet.

“We are a united people. The Igbo are one of the most united tribes in the world. I don’t want anyone to misrepresent the Igbo’s position on Nnamdi Kanu. We have been holding meetings to make sure Nnamdi Kanu is not left as an orphan. We don’t want the matter to appear as if we left Nnamdi Kanu alone. We have been meeting to proffer solutions to the issue.”

Kanu will appear in court on Monday.

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