The Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, says the approach of the founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to the perceived marginalisation of the Igbo is unacceptable.
Nwaorgu said Kanu’s strategies to correct the alleged imbalance were at variance with that of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo which believed that the problems could be resolved within the country and not through violence.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, Nwaorgu, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider releasing Kanu unconditionally.
He said Kanu has not issued any apology to Igbo leaders over his comments about them.
He said, “Kanu’s solution to the Biafran matter is different from ours and not acceptable to us. Kanu and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo are operating on different sides of the coin. He and the youths believe in going out to the streets to protest. Kanu’s despondency is much deeper than ours. I am not trying to justify his method but we demand his unconditional release.”
Nwaorgu said the Ohanaeze Ndigbo was not satisfied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance so far.
He said apart from the fight against corruption, the Buhari administration should try to entrench equity and justice.
He added, “For us that witnessed the civil war, our approach now is that Nigeria’s problems can be solved within Nigeria and by Nigerians. Ohanaeze will not support secession and violence. This is why we are agitating that the 8th National Assembly implements the confab report evolved during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. This includes the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. The National Assembly must not fail us.
“What we are fighting for in the present dispensation is that the wickedness of over 35 years after the civil war should be corrected. “Justice and equity must be the hallmarks of the new government. We maintain our stand that the confab report should be implemented.”