Ohaneze Ndigbo urges President Buhari to free IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is canvassing a political solution to the prolonged incarceration of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, just as it vowed not to abandon members of the group and those of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in their struggle.


The organisation is also determined to repatriate Igbo investments for integration and development.


Briefing the press after its maiden national executive committee meeting in Enugu yesterday, the group’s President General, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to free Kanu, insisting that a political solution to the issue was desirable.


“It may precipitate political consequences which are not good for Nigerian politics and as a father of Kanu and Ndigbo, I am asking the President to seek a political solution and I am prepared to discuss it with him.


‘’This imbroglio must end. We must find a way out. I am asking him to be a father and look at his son and see whether he must use the full weight of his powers to handle this boy the way he is doing and whether he is doing so to other people from other parts of Nigeria who have done perhaps, worse things than him.”


Nwodo said Ohanaeze leadership would soon meet with the agitators to find better ways of executing their mission for the benefit of the ethnic nationality.


Source: Guardian

Why We Support Buhari’s Administration – Ohaneze

The Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra, Chief Chris Eluemuno, has said that the organisation is bound to support President Mohammadu Buhari in the interest of the Igbo.


Eluemuno told newsmen on Sunday after being conferred with the traditional title of “Ogbuefi Nwajiugo” by his Nkwelle- Ezunaka community in Anambra that the apex socio-cultural organisation had no choice but to partner with the government.


“Ohaneze has no choice than to partner with the Federal Government because we are not there to support any political party but to support any government in power in the interest of the Igbo.


“We are bound to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the interest of the Igbo,” Eluemuno said.


He, however, urged Buhari to consider more appointments for the people of the zone and fulfill his promises in the infrastructural development of the zone, especially the roads and the Second Niger Bridge.


“If you give good roads, power supply, water and other enabling environment for businesses to thrive to the Igbo man, he will do wonders because he is industrious,” Eluemuno said.


The Ohaneze chieftain also advised the Igbo to imbibe traditional discipline and guard against bearing the ‘Eze Ndigbo’ title outside their indigenous communities.


“If you are an Igbo leader outside your indigenous community, call yourself one, but don’t bear the `Eze Ndigbo’ title.


“We in Ohaneze have said that it is no longer acceptable for people to bear such titles as Eze Ndigbo in the Diaspora,” he said.

Eluemuno advised the various communities to mete out punishments to their sons who bore the title Eze in Diaspora.

The Ohaneze chieftain said that chieftaincy title taking in Igbo land signified respect, identity and accomplishments.

He assured his people that the title given to him would spur him to do more for them.

He commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, members of Ohaneze Ndigbo, state functionaries and stakeholders for gracing the occasion.