The apex Igbo group, Ohaneze Ndigbo has send a message to President Muhammadu Buhari expressing their displeasure at the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the south east region sending a signal that they’re not welcome anymore.
Herdsmen have been fingered in several crime in south east region ranging from kidnapping to killing and sometimes destruction of farmlands with their cattle.
Vanguard reports that the apex group made this demand on Thursday, September 29 at the World Igbo Day in Enugu.
The group also called on the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra who has been in detention since October 10, 2015.
It said this may be the reason for the renewed agitation for Biafra.
OAU Onyema who represented Gary Igariwey, the president-general said: “We reiterate our position on the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and urge the Federal Government to take a critical look at the reasons why the young man agitating without arms or element of violence will embark on such separatist cause.
“We once again raise our voice on the unholy situation and unfortunate state of the federal roads in the region which have caused a trip from Enugu-Onitsha to take five hours contrary to the one hour it used to take. It is completely unpalatable to connect any south-east state. We also urge the Federal Government to reconsider its proposed sale of national assets. We believe that these priceless assets already acquired,stand at the centre of the economy of this country, and if managed well, will give growth and hope to our posterity.”
The group noted that Igbos were hardworking people and should therefore stop bemoaning the alleged marginalisation by the federal government.
Chief Ralph Obioha who is the factional leader of Ndigbo urged them to embrace love and peace.
“There was a period Nigeria did not have universities.
“Through individual sacrifices and communal efforts, Ndigbo children joined the race in pursuit of the so-called golden fleece overseas and acquitted themselves in an outstanding manner. “Despite starting over 50 years behind some other Nigerian nationalities in the pursuit of higher education, the outcome by the early 1960s was the bridging of the tertiary education gap. By 1960, the Vice Chancellors of three of the most prominent universities in Nigeria were not only Nigerians, but were internationally renowned scholars of Igbo origin.”
Meanwhile, Osita Okechukwu has said that the possibility of achieving Biafra was defeated in 2014 during the Goodluck Jonathan-led national conference.
Okechukwu who is the director general of the Voice of Nigeria spoke at the Abuja chapter of the Ohaneze Ndigbo on Wednesday, September 28 where he said the Igbo nation was not united which was why there was no unanimous voice to vote in its support during the Jonathan conference.