- The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to forget referendum and vote in the next election
- The group told IPOB that not voting in the next general elections will derail the Igbo cause rather than help
- IPOB was also cautioned against inciting violence as having a referendum could lead to confrontation with the forces
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing has appealed to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to shelve the idea of referendum and participate in the forthcoming presidential election.
The youths of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that IPOB fixing their referendum as the same day the presidential election will be held is simply a clear invitation for trouble from the nation’s armed forces, Vanguard reports.
The youths also told the IPOB that not participating in the next general elections will not help the Igbo cause but rather derail it, while reminding the group about that the Igbos are still facing grave consequences for boycotting the 2006 census.
Chief Arthur, the national leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, made this known in a statement in Enugu state on Monday, February 11.
He said: “While we would not subscribe to any form of carnage by the military in our land in the name of suppressing unarmed pro-Biafra agitators; our considered opinion is that IPOB members by their utterances and open threats are giving the military justifiable reason to flood Igbo land with soldiers.
“We appeal to any persons who have access to their leadership to let them know that they are missing it. The truth is that referendum is not the solution to the problems bedeviling us as a race in Nigeria; rather, it would compound our woes as marginalised people in the Nigerian system.
“We would not want a repeat of the visionless order for the boycott of the 2006 national head-count by the then leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, which the Igbo would ever live to regret.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Nnia Nwodo, explained that the decision of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to endorse Atiku/Obi ticket was not based on party but on the collective interest of Ndigbo and their survival in Nigeria.
It was gathered that Nwodo’s special adviser on media, Emeka Attamah, in a statement issued in Enugu on Thursday, January 31, said the president general stated that by the Awka declaration by Ndigbo that restructuring remained the condition for their continued stay in the Nigerian project, saying that they had gently expressed their choice of the candidate who support the idea of restructuring.
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