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Referendum Dialogue: Unban IPOB Before Any Dialogue – HURIWA , Ohanaeze Charges Buhari , S/East Governors

June 23 , 2021 | EASTERN PILOT Report By: John Owen Nwachukwu | Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has carpeted the Gover...

June 23 , 2021 | EASTERN PILOT

Report By: John Owen Nwachukwu |

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has carpeted the Governors and political leaders of the SouthEast for denouncing the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other like-minded groups in the region and beyond. HURIWA noted that it was illogical for the governors who initially proscribed the group before it was nationally outlawed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to pretend not to know how significant their agitation has become.

HURIWA said this in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Zainab Yusuf, its National Secretary. HURIWA called on the Governors to, without further delay, undo the illegal banning of IPOB and to convince President Buhari to withdraw the national proscription of the group and then begin a constructive dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual understanding.

“In as much as we believe in a united Nigeria, these agitations from all over means that Nigeria’s status quo is unjust and unfair and should be restructured,” the group added. The rights group said, there is “no reasonable ground for the proscription of IPOB when it is notorious that they are non-violent and indeed all the alleged violent actions attributed to them by the police and Army have been denied by them and also the same organisation enjoys global legal recognition.”

Furthermore, HURIWA wondered why the Buhari government has refused to proscribe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN. The human rights group pointed out that MACBAN has publicly backed armed Fulani herdsmen but the government has maintained the ban on IPOB. “The Southeast leaders ought to engage IPOB and others to step down their agitations for the break up of Nigeria but to opt for a fundamental restructuring of the country instead.”

In another development, Secessionist groups won’t break Nigeria – Ohanaeze calls for dialogue, end to rights violations

Published on June 4, 2021| By Emmanuel Uzodinma

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday, urged the Federal Government to involve dialogue towards the resolution of the present national crises in Nigeria. President-General of Ohanaeze, Amb. Prof. George Obiozor, gave the appeal during a press conference in Enugu, asserting that “no secessionist forces can defeat Nigeria.” DAILY POST reports that he equally condemned human rights abuse in the South-Easterner part of the country, stressing that though Ndigbo were in support of a United Nigeria, “they will not be victims of the country’s unity.”

His speech in full:

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo supports the South East Governors declaration of a public holiday on May 30th as a Biafran day. For Ndigbo and most Africans, a time to mourn or remembrance of the dead is traditionally a solemn occasion. It is imperative and proper for Ndigbo to remember Ndigbo and others who died cross the country either in the genocide or civil war in Nigeria from 1967 to 1970.

Also Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide urges the Governors of South East to roll out the Ebube Agu Security outfit. Ohanaeze Ndigbo wants to make it categorically clear that Ndigbo will not support break-up of Nigeria but Ndigbo will not be victims of Nigerian unity. In this context, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide consider as unfortunate the implications of the President’s statement. The last time I checked or heard a President speak of shock and awe)it was reserved for the enemy, not for citizens.

“I also want to appeal to all Igbo youths involved in violence and strongly advise them that there is nothing to celebrate in violence. We cannot change our lots and situations by steering and provoking hatred amongst ourselves, raining insults and abuses on ourselves and declaring war against those who disagree with our own ideas and approach to resolving our common problems. What good does it do to us in the destruction of government institutions and facilities, most of which were built by our own people and donated to the government for our own benefit and the general good of the Society.

I appeal to Igbo youths to kindly avoid violence in spite of all provocations. We know how aggrieved we all are, but peace options are the best. Ohanaeze once more urges the Federal Government to reconsider the use of force in resolving the present national crises. Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide considers it imperative on the part of the Federal Government to conduct urgent in depth investigations on the destruction of lives and property in the South East.

May I repeat that history shows that military and violent means to solve the National problem leads to national fractionalization, anarchy- and eventual or inevitable disintegration. The Federal Government should realise and be confident enough that no secessionist forces can defeat Nigeria. The action of any of the secessionist groups will continue to be like a river threatening an ocean with drowning. We must also recognize the historical tact that in any society where injustice becomes a rule or law, resistance becomes a duty or an obligation.

Nigeria has a history of crises and continuity as well as creative use of crises as means of solving our national polítical problems whenever we are near the brink of catastrophe. In the recent past we have had NADECO, Niger Delta Militants and Boko Haram Insurgency. The present situation in the country will soon be history. This too shall pass. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide calls for a dialogue to resolve the present national crises. The Federal Government should acknowledge that because of the reality of Nigerian irresistible pluralism is that it is always preferable to go for dialogue instead of force.

Majority of Nigerians prefer unity to secession or separatism. They want Justice, Peace, Equity and Fairness. The golden rule of do unto others what you would like done unto you, that is complementarity and inclusive governance. In fact a brief glance at Nigerian society, there is no shortage of villains among our political elites. But like many societies a deeper look into Nigeria you will see that the country’s political heroes still exist, though the villains may noisily dominate the political space.

Consequently to secure Nigeria, to develop Nigeria and to have peace, the Federal Government should immediately engage all Nigerian groups through their various Leaders in an urgent dialogue. Dialogue is what patriotic Nigerians, Nigerian well wishers/admirers and the international community is now expecting of Nigerian leadership to resolve the present national crises, and not military action. It is time for peaceful action and dialogue not war and destruction. Finally, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on the Federal Government to take note of the ongoing human rights violations in the South East zone. We must beware of its international consequences and domestic implications in our ability to heal the Nigerian nation. Nigeria is at the crossroads of its history and destiny. Let wisdom prevail.”


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