Biafra: Despite Provocation, We Are Not Going To Use Force On IPOB – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has waved the olive branch to the leadership and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), following recent public altercations between the two on the propriety of holding a summit on restructuring by the former.

National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Uche Achi-Okpaga in an interview with Saturday Sun said no matter the degree of provocation, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation isn’t going to apply force on members of IPOB.

He was reacting to the continuous threat by the separatist agitators to disrupt the proposed Southeast summit of restructuring.

Speaking on how the Ohanaeze was going to handle IPOB to allow the summit to hold, Mr. Achi-Okpaga, said, “once a soldier always a soldier and if you are a youth, you will always behave like one. We are not oblivious of their youthful blood.

They didn’t just wake to start the agitation, it is just a culmination of the crucible the Igbo race has gone through in Nigeria, and they say it is time for liberation, and once it is like that, they will always think ahead, without also thinking of the implications – the pros and the cons.”

According to him, an Igbo proverb says, “when you kill an animal, you don’t eat the entire meat, there are some parts you remove, so, when you are strategizing, there some precautions you also take cognizance of.”

He noted that the youths cannot work alone without their elders giving them advice and wise counsel, adding that in the same way, the elders cannot work alone without the youths, stressing that, “we are trying to handle them, we cannot apply force on them, but we still take care of the situation.”

When asked of what the Ohanaeze will do if it becomes inevitable to apply force to have the summit hold in the interest of the Igbo, he ruled out completely, the application of force, and was optimistic on the way the situation will be handled.

Reacting to the insistence of IPOB that it is Biafra they want and not restructuring, the publicity secretary said it is all about understanding, pointing out that “if you create Biafra, you have restructured Nigeria.”

“Yes, anything you thinker with will no longer be the same. That is what we are saying; we just have a communication gap, if they come to the round table with us, we will them give them some tips that will make them rechannel their manner of approach.

“You know the countenance of the Federal Government; they unleashed and deployed soldiers with armoured tanks on IPOB that was unarmed and defenceless, but for Boko Haram ravaging Nigeria, killing and maiming, terrorising towns and villages, nobody has made any declaration against them, with all the deadly guns they are wielding. They are not terrorist organisation, but the IPOB that didn’t bear arms is a terrorist organisation.

“So, you can see the way they don’t want restructuring, is still the same way the Federal Government does not want to hear Biafra. You have to come back and restrategise.

God in His wisdom restrategised. At first, He used word to create the world, the second time, He said I won’t use that again, let me send my Son to go and die for the sins of the world. Another style that God uses is that when you die, you go and face judgment.

God Himself changes style, why shouldn’t IPOB change when they see that the style they are using is not bearing fruits.

“Do you know what happened recently in Catalonia, they are still persecuting the leaders, and even the European Union is supporting the Spanish government.

So, how would they achieve it, they need more diplomacy and not violence, and you cannot achieve diplomacy with youthful blood, you need the elders to give you wise counsel. If they come to us and we reason together, we can achieve result, but when we go our different ways we cannot succeed. We have to start from somewhere”, Achi-Opkaga said.

Both Ohanaeze and IPOB have recently engaged in altercations following the proposed Southeast summit on restructuring by the apex Igbo body, an event IPOB threatened to disrupt. IPOB has insisted that it is Biafra or nothing, emphasising that discussion on restructuring of the country would not hold in Igbo land.

The group had on February 27, stormed a gathering of the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), where some Igbo leaders, including the Chairman of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), Prof Ben Nwabueze, and first President of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnnamdi Azikiwe, were to be honoured.


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  1. peaceforall

    So Ohanaeze has reserved force that they can apply on IPOB while the Fulani terrorist’s tribe is busy killing the people Ohanaeze claimed to lead. Bunch of hopeless money minded fools, political contractors and merchants of misery in Ohanaeze has no advice and wise counsel to give Igbo-Biafra youths. Ohanaeze have certified themselves on the world map as an organization easy to fool and manipulate with nigeria propaganda. An adult should be judged on his track record not on his tongue. What we the Igbo Biafra youth can never take from the bunch of cowards in Ohanaeze is Ohanaeze to invite their Fulani terrorists friends in army uniform to kill any Igbo-Biafra youth. Please first of all tell Nnia Nwodo, Gov. Dave Umahi and Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to reverses the ban of the IPOB. An organization that claims to represent the interest of the people but are actively engaged in undermining the collective aspiration of the same people they claim to be working for should not exist. Ohanaeze Ndigbo is organization that has soiled its hands in the blood of the innocent. Nnia Nwodo, Gov. Dave Umahi and Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu are the brains behind Operation Python Dance II. Is it conceivable that Pa Ayo Adebanjo or the respected Afenifere leadership will take the pains of traveling to Abuja to beg the Fulani rulers of Nigeria to use the Nigerian military to invade Yoruba land to kill Yoruba sons and daughters agitating for their freedom? Despite the well documented violent tendencies of OPC, no Yoruba representative ever called for their cold blooded execution by the military. Arewa Consultative Forum never condemned a full blown terror outfit like Boko Haram; they are actively working with MACBAN (Fulani herdsmen) who are the fourth most deadliest terrorist organization in the world. Have you heard of any word of condemnation of the activities of Fulani herdsmen from any of the northern leaders till date? But Nnia Nwodo and Dave Umahi traveled to Abuja no less than three times to plead with the arch enemies of Biafra to launch a deadly military operation to wipe out IPOB leadership in cold blood. Nnia Nwodo and South East governors cannot initiate the assassination of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and countless other unarmed agitators and hope to benefit from their evil deeds by conducting public meetings as if nothing happened.

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