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We shouldn’t experience another civil war — Ohanaeze

We shouldn’t experience another civil war — Ohanaeze

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Dennis Agbo & Bashir Bello
Sokoto —The apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,
yesterday stressed that the country should not be allowed to undergo
another civil war.

This came as the body also reinstated that Ndigbo are not interested in
secession but equity and fairness from leaders of the country.
This is even as Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, yesterday, told
sponsors of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to have a rethink.

Speaking when he led leaders of Ohanaeze on a courtesy visit to Governor
Aminu Waziri at the Government House, yesterday, President-General of
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, said although Nigeria was in trying
times, the cohesion that existed over the years was worthy of being
maintained.

“Yes, our country is going through a trying period but we should not under
any circumstances experience another civil war. We should not allow
personal emotions to undermine our national unity,” he said.

Nwodo who said the visit was at the instance of the South-East governors,
assured of their cooperation for peaceful coexistence among the ethnic
nationalities in the country.

He commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, for portraying
himself as a father in the ongoing ethnic tensions by stating that ‘whoever
wants to attack the Igbo, should attack him first’.

“In the same vein, I came with the assurances of South-East governors that
any Igbo who wants to kill a northerner, should first kill them.”

Responding, Governor Tambuwal observed that those looking for trouble
lacked other ways of channelling their grievances.

He said: “The recent quagmire is an act of people that do not understand any
other way of channelling their grievances other than the way they have
chosen.

“I assure you that we are at peace with each other and we shall continue to
be because, you cannot worship God or do business without peace.”
We’re not interested in secession

Ohanaeze also visited a razed mosque at Ogurute, Enugu-Ezike in Igboeze
North Local Government Area of Enugu State to commiserate with the
affected Muslim community in the area.

Receiving a delegation of Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria in Enugu,
President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu State, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said
Eastern Nigeria provides a wider market for northern produce just like the
north does for Ndigbo.

He urged the northern youths to tell president Muhammadu Buhari that
Ndigbo are more interested in a restructured Nigeria based on equity and
justice but not secession.

Making reference to the invasion of the zone by the army due to agitation for
Biafra, Ogbonnia said: “President Buhari should have been a father under the
circumstances but the truth is that he came up with unprecedented
marginalisation of Ndigbo, which resulted to agitations like you have seen in
Nnamdi Kanu.”

Speaker of the Northern Youths Assembly, Ukkasha Hamza Rahema, who led
the delegation, stated that despite religious and ethnic differences, both
nationalities remain brothers and sisters.

He disclosed that it was the northern youths assembly that asked the Arewa
youths leaders to withdraw the quit notice it gave to Ndigbo.
“I’m here to tell you that Nigeria must be great again. Those creating
violence are doing so because they don’t know what they are doing. I believe
in one Nigeria and I would rather die a hero than a coward,” said Ukkasha.
Visits Enugu-Ezike razed mosque

Earlier, the Ohanaeze president and his executives visited the Muslim
community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State to
commiserate with them over the fire incident which engulfed a mosque in the
area .
Ogbonnia said he was in the area to re-echo the existing peace and bond
among residents of the state irrespective of their religious and ethnic
differences.

He expressed sadness over the inferno and urged the Muslim faithful to
accept the development as an act of God, which should not be allowed to
affect the existing cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims in the
state.

Chief Imam of Enugu-Ezike, Alhaji Ali Ossai, expressed happiness with the
Ohanaeze leadership over the visit, stressing that they had lived in absolute
peace with adherents of other religions.

IPOB sponsors should have a rethink — Masari
Governor Masari spoke when he received about 70 traders’ associations
which stormed the Government House to show solidarity with President
Buhari and the governor during activities marking the 30th anniversary of
the state’s creation, September 27, 1987.

He said the Northern governors, who were on peace mission to the South-
East with the support of the President were there to nip the crisis in the bud
before it escalates to other parts of the country.

He said the North is not interested in disunity and so Igbo and other
indigenes in the North are safe.

On fight against corruption, Governor Masari said enemies of Buhari are
enemies of Nigeria, noting that not even Satan can stop President Buhari
from fighting corruption.

We do not

sponsor IPOB —France govt
In a related development, the French government yesterday, dismissed the
allegation by Nigerian government that France sponsors IPOB.
A communiqué signed by Claude Abily, Political Counsellor, Embassy of
France in Nigeria read: “The Embassy of France was surprised by the
statement made, yesterday, by Minister of Information and Culture, indicating
that the ‘financial headquarters’ of IPOB was in France.
“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and
the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point.
We stand ready to examine any information which could support this
statement.

“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with
Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the
country.”

Killer herdsmen not terrorists —Garba Shehu
Meantime, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said herdsmen, who
attack citizens, are criminal gangs but not terrorists.

Shehu said this in an interview on Channels TV, yesterday, that the
government did not declare herdsmen, who kill people, as terrorists because
they are “only criminal gangs.”

However, he added that security agencies were dealing with criminal
herdsmen according to the law.

He said: “There is a difference between a criminal activity and a terrorist
activity. Yes, some Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being
dealt with according to the law.

“But IPOB, like Boko Haram, has a territory they have carved out for
themselves as a sovereign state of its own. They have shown the willingness
to invade other neighbouring states. They have raised concerns in
neighbouring Kogi and Benue states. They have said they are interested in
taking over Bayelsa and Rivers. That is exactly what Boko Haram has done.
This is not acceptable to the law of the country.”

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