Call northern elders to order, Ohanaeze Ndigbo tells FG

Call northern elders to order, Ohanaeze Ndigbo tells FG

- The recent comments made by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) against Igbos has generated heated reactions

- Professor Ango Abdullahi, the leader of NEF, had made damning allegations against south-easterners

- The statement didn't sit well with Ohanaeze Ndigbo and MASSOB who described the northerner as an expired politician

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to the allegations made by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) chairman, Professor Ango Abdullahi, against Igbos during the #EndSARS protests in Rivers state.

The socio-political group in the southeast on Wednesday, December 9, took a swipe at the northern leader, describing his claims as unsubstantiated.

The Igbo group urged the federal government to call the forum to order, adding that its comments on the role of its members were capable of setting Nigeria on fire, The Nation reports.

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Call Northern elders to order, Ohanaeze tells Fed Govt
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged the federal government to call northern elders to order. Photo credit: @UzusIgy
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The chairman of NEF made the allegation on Tuesday, December 8, while on a tour of northern communities in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Nnia Nwodo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo president-general in reaction said the group was stunned by the threat made by Abdullahi, adding that Igbos have been victims of age-long and misguided attacks.

In a statement by his media adviser, Emeka Attamah, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo president-general challenged Abdullahi to provide evidence to substantiate his claims.

According to Nwodo, the NEF leader should know better following his learning, experience, and exposure.

The Igbo leader said the Nigerian government should call NEF to order and make it rescind its inflammatory statement to avoid confusion in the country.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) also condemned the recent comments credited to NEF, saying it is disappointing that disunity among ethnic nationalities is being promoted by the forum.

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MASSOB, in a statement by its leader Uchenna Madu described Abdullahi as an expired politician trying to evade reality.

While noting that it was very unfortunate that such comments could come from a supposed nationalist like Abdullahi, the group maintained that no Arewa dweller in Igboland was killed by Igbo during the EndSARS protests.

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Earlier, reported that NEF declared that the north will no longer tolerate violence against its people in the southern region.

Abdullahi, made the disclosure while speaking during a town hall meeting with members of the northern community who were attacked during the #EndSARS protests.

According to Abdullahi, northerners in the south suffered “enormous loss of lives and assets” during the #EndSARS protests.

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