The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has called on the federal government to negotiate with the proscribed members of Indigenous People of Bifra (IPOB), Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign States of Biafra, (MASSOB) and other Biafra agitators to end the agitation.
In a statement signed by the president general of the organisation, Mazi Okechukwu isiguzoro and made available to Leadership, the group said it is shocking to hear that the federal government has offered to go into negotiation with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to end kidnapping and killings in the country adding that the government should also dialogue with Biafra agitators who it said were not violent like the herdsmen.
The youths noted that 30th of this month when the Biafra agitators would be celebrating Biafra day, is an opportunity for the federal government to dialogue with the agitators.
“We are surprised at the meeting between federal government represented by minister of Interior Abdul-Rahman Dambazau and the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) where a huge carrot was thrown to the herdsmen group to help stop kidnapping and tackle insecurity and clashes between herdsmen and farmers”.
“It was gathered that N100bn was mapped out for the group to tackle youth restiveness, so federal government should extend the same gesture of N100bn to the leadership of MASSOB and IPOB. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander”.
“As Biafrans are celebrating the May 30th remembrance day, the federal government has the opportunity and visible channel to negotiate with the leadership of MASSOB and other Biafra agitators, because reaching out to Biafra agitators are imminent to scuttle the mayhem likely to occur over the killings of Igbos in the North by Armed herdsmen and bandits.
“It’s on record that about 167 Igbo’s are victims of armed herdsmen and bandits in the North West and East in the last few weeks, tension is building up in the South East ahead of May 30th Biafra remembrance day, Presidency should also give Biafrans N100bn to avoid reprisal attack”.
“IPOB should make peace with Asari Dokubo urgently as it’s threatening the bond and partnership existing between the South East and South/South, because since after the war, the Old Eastern Region had been enjoying the harmonious relationship between them”.
” So we advocate that IPOB should extend hands of friendship to Asari Dokubo, as we will not allow any misunderstanding between Nnamdi Kanu and Asari Dokubo escalate, and IPOB should use the May 30th to mend fence with ex Niger Delta agitators rather than Sit at home”, the youths said.
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