Ohanaeze set to meet Tinubu over Kanu’s release, says Iwuanyanwu

*Security beefed up in Abia over IPOB threat

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, says the apex Igbo sociocultural organization has advanced plans to meet President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to canvass for the urgent need for the Federal Government to grant immediate release to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Iwuanyanwu disclosed this in Owerri weekend when the leadership of the Supreme Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, Southeast chapter led by the President, HRM Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna of Abia State, Vice President, HRH Eze Dr Oliver Ohanwe, the Obi Gburu Gburu of Igboland paid him a courtesy solidarity visit in his Glass House, Orji-Owerri office complex.

Iwuanyanwu, who expressed gratitude for the visit, their patriotism and caliber of traditional rulers in Igboland, regretted that other ethnic groups in Nigeria have sold the dummy of perceived secession of the Igbo ethnic group to the Federal Government, thus creating undue fear and suspicion of every good intention of the group before the government.

He pointed out that statistics have shown that Igbos are the real critical stakeholders in Nigeria project as they own over 60 per cent of the investments in the country, adding that their investments and residential identities spread across all the nooks and crannies of the nation unlike other ethnic groups that mainly invest and reside only within their ethnic geographical location.

According to him, “your request ( Supreme Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, South East chapter) and solidarity visit have reinvigorated my leadership intention to see President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on issues concerning Igbo ethnic group, more especially the need to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB. His continual detention is escalating insecurity in the Southeast.

“Let us see when he’s released, any person or group that will be instigating insecurity or crisis in Igboland using his name or detention. Some people and groups are illegally feasting on his popularity and detention just to cause unnecessary trouble and problem in the entire Southeast and for their own selfish interest.There must be peace and stability in Igboland. Immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will definitely restore sanity and unravel a lot for the benefit of the nation” Iwuanyanwu insisted.

Ahaejiagamba as he is known, further said that since his emergence as the President of the apex sociocultural organization, that he has instituted the organization in all the continents of the world including America, Europe, Asia and South Africa noting that over 6,000 000 Igbos are living in diaspora.

Meanwhile, security agencies in Abia State have reportedly beefed up security across the state, following a video suspected to have emanated from a splinter group of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In the video circulating across various social media platforms, a faceless member of the splinter IPOB group, was seen issuing a series of threats to Aba residents for failing to adhere to the IPOB sit-at-home order over some period of time.

 The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Maureen Chinaka could not be reached at the time of filing this report, but sources within the circles of security agencies in the state disclosed that they were aware of the video.

The sources who would not want to be mentioned told our correspondent that apart from Aba and its environs, they have also alerted their formations across the state to increase their vigilance within their Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).

The sources who reminded citizens of the state that the Nnamdi Kanu’s led IPOB had come out to publicly disassociate itself from the Monday sit-at-home, urged Abians to go about their businesses without fears.

This is even as they assured that they have adequately put measures in place to ward off criminal elements or non-state actors to jeopardize the peace of the state.

“We have seen the video circulating on the internet. We cannot establish where it was recorded and the face of the person in the video.

“For us, that threat holds no water. If the person is bold, let him show his face. Why was he hiding his face?

“But for the sake of those who may have felt threatened, we want to assure Abians that they are safe.

“We are on it and I can assure you that our ears on the ground as well.”


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