￼The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Igbo socio-cultural group, says the efforts put into the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, in Cotonuo shows that the federal government is more than capable to end terrorism and banditry.
In a statement on Tuesday by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the group said the handling insecurity in the north portends danger for the country and threatens the unity of the country.
He said the clear and “endless pampering of Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and killer herdsmen is the route that will surely bring catastrophe to the North and will be a great threat to the corporate existence of the country.”
He added that “the interceptions of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu signify that those who promote the consciousness of Nigerians are detained while the terrorists, bandits, and killer herdsmen are furnished with cover-ups by Northern leadership to destabilize the South for their heinous political purposes.”
Ohanaeze claimed that it appeared that the arrest and detention of the two secessionist agitators was to pave way for the imminent invasion of Fulani herdsmen and terrorists to occupy strategical forests of Southern Nigeria and wreak havoc.
“We, therefore, call for the unconditional release of the “Prisoners of Conscience”, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, as there is no evidence on the ground of possible arrests of Northern terrorists and bandits who have abducted school children, maimed Southern Nigerian farmers, and murdered security agents.
“Nnamdi Kanu and Igboho are not murderers, they should be released without further delay,” the Igbo group demanded.