Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group has taken a position on the fate of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, with a resolution to send its highest legal officer to monitor his trial.
While dissociating the group from violence, Ohanaeze, however, pledged to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu gets a fair trial. It was the first time that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body would make a formal declaration on the fate of Nnamdi Kanu since his rearrest.
In a communiqué on Sunday morning after its national executive committee (NEC) meeting, the body said it had its National Legal Adviser would lead eminent Igbo Leaders to monitor the legal proceedings.
The communiqué which was signed by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia also said that Ohanaeze identifies with grievances of Igbo youths on the marginalisation and menace of herdsmen among others in the region.
The six-point resolution reads: “That Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has observed with keen interest the recent re-arraignment and consequent trial of our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“That, in as much as Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not averse to his trial, we however submit that he should be tried within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with global best practices”.
“That we identify with the Igbo youths in their grievances with respect to Igbo marginalisation, the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, etc, however, we do not support the use of any form of violence to redress the relative deprivation and prevailing inequality and injustice across the country.”
Ohanaeze, nevertheless, charged Igbo youths to be law-abiding and allow their leaders and stakeholders address the collective grievances through meaningful dialogue and negotiations.
The group also charged Ndigbo and youths especially to take part in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise on the note that “this is the only means that guarantees effective participation in Nigerian politics and a sine qua non to achieve our goals and aspirations in the Nigerian project.”