The Ohaneze Youth Council, an apex Youth wing of the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, a sociocultural organization of the Igbo's have come out to condemn the military siege in Afaraukwu as approved by the Nigerian government under the Leadership of Mohammadu Buhari. In the past one week the military have drafted troupes to the hometown of the late Chief Israel Okwu Kanu, father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi. Nnamdi Okwu Kanu ahead of the burial of the late Eze and his wife.

In the press statement issued today, the 4th of February, 2020, the President of the Ohaneze Youth council in the person of Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, made their displeasure known. The drafting of men of the Nigerian armed forces to the community is just to cause a chaotic situation. Their presence with several armoured carriers round the community is already causing fear and anxiety amongst the residents of the area. He reiterated that the youths of Ohaneze are not ignorant of the fact that it was the last Operation python dance of 2017 which was led by Nigeria Military, that led to the death of the late Eze and his lovely wife.

Furthermore, the Youth President wondered why the Army is never drafted to the Northeast where insurgency, kidnapping, bloodletting and terrorism have reached an epidemic stage but instead the Nigerian Armed Forces are drafted to the Southeast that is totally peaceful and devoid of life threats or social vices.

The Ohaneze Youth council President further cited that the reason why the Igbos are agitating for self-determination is due to non-inclusiveness by the Nigerian state in the developmental plans of the Nation. He went ahead to advice that President Mohammadu Buhari should rather call the agitators to a round table for a dialogue. He should stop killing the people and trying so hard to intimidate them with his Armies.

In conclusion, he warned the Nigeria Government to avoid anything that could cause chaos and also remember that the group is not ignorant of the fact that it was the operation python dance of the Nigerian armed forces of 2017 that killed the late Eze and his wife through the severe shock from that attack. Ndi Igbo will not tolerate further intimidations during the burial of the late Eze.

He finally pleaded with members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra who have always pursued the agitation peacefully to remain peaceful and law abiding. He also advised the Governor of Abia State in the person of Okezie Ikpeazu to ensure that the Nigerian Military do not undermine our peaceful stance and that the quietness of the leopard does not mean lack of strength. Let him that have ear hear.

Written by:
Mazi. Emmanuel Igbeagu.
For: Rivers State Media

Edited by:
Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav
For: Rivers State Media

Published by:
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Rivers State Media

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