An Igbo socio-political organisation, Njiko Igbo Forum, NIF, on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to handle the on-going protests for declaration of Biafra with utmost care.
Leadership of the Forum, who made the call in a communique issued at the end of a meeting held at Ohanaeze Ndigbo secretariat in Enugu, also demanded the release of all detained Biafra agitators unconditionally.
In the communique signed by its President, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, he appealed “for the immediate and unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB, Benjanin Onwuka and his other detainees of the Biafran Zionist Movement and all other pro-Biafran detainees.
“We still wonder why Sen. Ali Ndume who has been enjoying his seat in the National Assembly and even now as the leader of the Senate, went to lesser Hajj this year, yet he is standing trial on a treasonable felony for sponsoring Boko Haram.”
The group pointed out that Biafran agitators were non-violent unlike Boko Haram and that for such reason, they should not be molested.
“Boko Haram has been more brutal than the armless and harmless pro-Biafran agitators, except our nation Nigeria is an ‘animal farm’ where though all animals are equal but some are more equal than the others,” the group stated.
NIF members, who did not hide their allegiance to the Nigerian nation also called on President Buhari, to as a matter of urgent national importance, fast track the process of implementation of the 2014 National Conference report handed over to him, “as we consider it the only panacea to peace, true federalism and calming of nerves to various monstrous and fired-up agitations that may engulf our nation, Nigeria.”
They also called on Mr. President to initiate dialogue with agitators of Biafra now that the agitation looked like a tumour “before it becomes cancerous like the Boko Haram terrorists which has gone faceless”.
The Igbo socio-political group after considering the dwindling oil revenue, suggested that Nigeria should vigorously pursue massive agricultural revolution as alternative.
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