Richard Ginika Izuora
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has advised the Federal Government to engage the IPOB, MASSOB as well as all other agitation groups in dialogue.
This was stated by the Ohanaeze spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, on Wednesday, April 21.
Ogbonnia made the statement in reaction to a plan by the United Kingdom to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said, “A major point of convergence is that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, IPOB, and MASSOB are Igbo. The only point of divergence is an approach to the agitation against the marginalisation of the people of the South-East.
“So Ohanaeze Ndigbo owes it a duty to protect the Igbo wherever they are, call it IPOB, call it MASSOB or whatever nomenclature that is used, it is a duty of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to protect the Igbo.
“IPOB approach of abusing everybody is the point of divergence but their grievances are very genuine. All the young people will graduate from universities, some make first-class and are deprived of the opportunity of employment while somebody who barely passes before you know, the person is giving a federal appointment. It is painful.”
“So whatever favour was done to an Igbo man deserves the appreciation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Whatever favour that is extended to a disciplined Igbo man deserves the commendation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”