Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The Youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Wednesday expressed displeasure over the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Department of State Services, DSS, in the country.
The Igbo youth organisation raised concern over the Federal Government’s alleged disobedience of court orders, bordering on the release and freedom of the IPOB leader from detention.
It further called on the Federal Government to address the health challenge facing Nnamdi Kanu, even as it appealed to it to allow the IPOB leader go for medical treatment urgently.
The group stated this in a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Mazi Chika Art Adiele, after its National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting.
The meeting, which held at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze, 7 Park Avenue Enugu, was Chaired by the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Wing Worldwid, Mazi Livinus Obasi Onu Esq.
The group said: “In strong terms, we frown at the level of injustice meted out on our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, especially as it borders on his health and the Federal Government’s continuous refusal to obey court orders.
They stressed that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s life was now at stake, if he is not given urgent access to effective medical attention.
“Security of lives and properties are the fundamental responsibilities of every Government, and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s life is now at stake, if not given urgent access to effective medical attention, even as the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Prof. CC Soludo had accepted to stand surety for him.”
They noted that his health is paramount to the unity and stability of our dear country Nigeria, and to the millions of Igbo youths within and outside Nigeria.
“In patriotism, and enhancing to Rule of Law, and for Peace and Stability to be sustained in Nigeria, we admonish the appropriate quarters of the Federal Government, to responsibly grant Mazi Nnamdi Kanu access to necessary medical attention, in order to ascertain his health status and subsequently release him unconditionally.”
The group also also said it has no regret in supporting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the governorship election.
“Our attention was drawn to the viral publication, concerning our Leader, Mazi Livinus Obasi Onu Esq., Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, Secretary General and Chief Arthur Chinedu Ugwa, financial Secretary, over the support of the Igbo Youths for Governor Okowa as Vice Presidential Candidate in the recent 2023 general election and Governor Sanwo-Olu for Second Term in Office as Governor of Lagos State.
“On this note, we hereby state emphatically that Mazi Livinus Obasi Onu Esq., has the mandate of the Igbo Youths as the National Leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Youth Wing.
“Again, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is an Igbo man, and thus, deserves the support of his people, Ndigbo, and we have no regrets whatsoever for our unreserved support to our own brother and worthy Igbo son.
“Our support also for Governor Sanwo-olu is unanimous and on a non-partisan basis, in order to sustain and enhance the existing good working relationship between our people and the Lagos State Government led by his Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“Sequel to the above, we hereby pass a vote of confidence on the NEC delegation to Lagos State led by our Leader, Mazi Livinus Obasi Onu Esq.; for the bold step taken on behalf of NEC and in favour of the Igbo Communities resident in Lagos.
“The 2023 General election has come and gone, even as it was allegedly marred by malpractices and irregularities
“In a democratic setting like Nigeria, it is obvious that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is not the final determinant of the elections’ outcome as the process can be challenged in court.