Despite threats by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt the May 21, 2018 proposed summit by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, yesterday, said there was no cause for alarm.
Reacting to IPOB’s threats, Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, Chief Daniel Okeke Ogene, in Awka, said members of IPOB are Igbo sons and daughters, who must not traditionally dictate to their fathers what to do or what not to do.
He said other regional groups in Nigeria, like those from South South, South West and others, do theirs peacefully without being disrupted by Ijaw youths, Afenifere or other youths, and wondered why the Igbo should be different.
Chief Ogene said what is to be discussed at the summit is the issue of restructuring Nigeria as clearly written on the invitation cards. He said it is not an Igbo affair alone.
“The summit means well for the entire Nigeria. It is for equity, justice and fairness. It is championed by 80 per cent of Nigerians. Sometimes, people who never like good things try to bring in sentiments.
“Anybody, who loves Nigeria should be thinking of how it will exist.
“Igbo believe in Nigeria of equity, justice and fairness. We are part of the crusade for restructuring Nigeria,” he said.
Chief Ogene said Igbo have the culture of fathers being at the helm of affairs and not the children, adding that the elders have nothing in contention with IPOB, “because they are our sons and daughters entitled to their opinions.”
He said many members of IPOB are educated enough to know what democratic process means.
Meanwhile, a pro-Biafra organisation, the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), has come hard on IPOB, describing the order issued on the summit for restructuring and attack on leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo as distasteful.
The group said the summit for restructuring is not only timely, but a move in the right direction and should be supported by all freedom fighters and comrades of the Biafran cause.
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