- De-Proscribe IPOB Now, Adopt Referendum
In spite of the random killings, meddling and the continues arrest of Igbo purported to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, by the Nigeria Security Agents mostly the triggers happy military personnel and the officers of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, resulting in wanton loses of lives and properties in Igbo land.
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has called for truancy in order to adopt peaceful resolutions mechanism as continues retention of force can only lead to more destructions.
In his address, the Factional President of General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, High Chief Chidi Ibeh, MFR, stated that the organization has resolved to address the pertinent issues coming as a result of insecurity in the South East with the determination to enthrone a lasting peace.
According to him, Ohanaeze Ndigbo after a critical stakeholders meetings held in Enugu have accepted to Wade into the matters and urged the federal government to urgently rescind on the purported shoot at sight order, withdraw soldiers and police deployed to South East to allow for a peaceful resolutions between the aggrieved members of IPOB as well as to deproscribe and grant amnesty and adopt reintegration process of both members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Eastern Security Networks, ESN.
He explained that the organization, have maintained its implicit vote of confidence and support to President Muhammad Buhari government but would not fold her arms to allow their youths killed or indiscriminately and illegally incarcerated.
In their words, we are calling for immediate Withdrawal of soldiers, police officers deployed to Imo and other states(South Eastern part of Nigeria), and the federal government to rescind forthwith shoot at sight order which has resulted to too much killings in our land, destructions and arrests of innocent and prominent Igbo citizens across the five states whereas herders terrorized the region unharmed. It is high time, enough is enough, we are calling on Mr. President to withdraw these officers and to stop them from killing our people, Igbo people are good in all ramifications and also mean well for Nigeria.
The rights of agitation is legal, once it is not done with violence approach, wherein private individuals rights and privileges are unjustifiably infringed on without any equivocation whatsoever.
The capricious altitude and approach of the military and other security agencies, and wanton killings of innocence citizens especially in Imo state must urgently be addressed.
We can no longer tolerate the incessant dumping of our children in the morgues in Owerri, when we should celebrate, enjoy the presence of our trained and combatant intelligent officers.
The security situation must be evaluated as to ascertain the root causes of the violence and insecurity especially in Imo and Ebonyi States respectively and subsequently address such for peace and tranquility to reign.
So at this point, what is necessary mostly is for us to put up a dialogue protocols that will quell and cement the situation by bringing all asunder to a round table to find a way out of this ugly predicament and not to use extreme force on our people.
Ndigbo have remained resolute and patients over the time as a critical tripod or component of Nigeria with unintended marginalization tendency from the government mitigating and militating the insecurity.
The highly publicized issues at stakes with IPOB or ESN are very simple because they are not faceless, they are open on their demands, it is not a bad thing for someone to call for the independence of a region, It is an inalienable rights of every citizen, we there advise the the federal govt to allow referendum in line with the United Nations peaceful agitations best practices.
The deployment of soldiers and other security agencies to the South East is a clear case of injustice and must be addressed as quickly as possible. We are not putting any blame on the presidency for the insecurity situations confronting Alaigbo.
However, we have respect and implicit confidence in our President, General Muhammad Buhari but wish to let Presidency know that peace cannot be achieved under the barrels of gun.
This show of military might and prowess against our citizens must stop while we urge the federal government to adopt a more descent security measures to curb the menace, firstly to de-proscribes the IPOB, secondly to grant amnesty and thirdly to reintegrate them into the society”, they said.