An Igbo youth group, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), has berated the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) for opposing call for release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.
The group described statement in the media credited to President of the AYCF, Yerima Shettima, over Kanu as reckless.
It would be remarked that Yerima said Kanu’s release from detention would send a wrong signal to criminal elements in Nigeria as demanded by Igbo leaders led by the First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, during their visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
So, in a statement on Tuesday on behalf of the Igbo youths, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, accused Shettima of playing politics with a very sensitive matter.
Okwu said: “Arewa youths have never given such opposition to the release and reintegration of so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists but were against the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a freedom fighter.
“We have consistently made it clear that Kanu is engaging in self-determination, which is recognized under the international law and conventions.
“The Biafra agitation is also undoubtedly being fueled by the ill-treatment of the Igbo in Nigeria, and till this point, there appears to have been no lessons learnt by those benefiting from this unjust nature of the country.
“This is why the Arewa youths will talk the way they did. One expects that they should be more concerned with the worsening activities of bandits and Boko Haram, than Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are also urging the Governors and the South-East caucus of the National Assembly, led by Senator Ike Ekweremadu not to relent on their own efforts.
“The timely release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be of utmost concern to every Igbo person, and our political, religious and traditional leaders must unite to accomplish that goal.”