President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has called on the Federal Government to note that Ndigbo were not happy with the ‘lopsided’ treatment it has been dishing out in the country.
Nwodo made this known while responding in a statement, to the release of 122 IPoB women in Owerri, Imo state, on Friday.
“I salute the courage of the Imo State Judiciary and the professionalism of the State Attorney General. Never again shall we, Igbos, at this critical time, shoot ourselves again on the foot. No matter how provocative, incendiary and unruly IPoB may be, they are our children. Aggrieved children can sometimes lose their guard,” Nwodo said.
The statement continued, “Here are young people described as terrorists for daring to speak out in the face of degradation, marginalisation and inhuman treatment.
“While they are proscribed, Fulani herdsmen and their (alleged) sponsors, Meyetti Allah, move about freely, reeling out new threats, occupying Southern and Middle Belt farms forcibly, with the law enforcement agents either (allegedly) aiding them or intentionally looking away.
“Churches are invaded, priests killed yet no one is arrested. Thousands are killed, thousands are rendered homeless, no one cares. IDPS are established only when the displaced come from a favoured section of the country.
“Boko Haram loot, plunder and kidnap, but the government negotiates with them spending unappropriated and undisclosed sums! Yet, IPoB is proscribed for just speaking up. Arewa youths spoke treason and were defended by governors and treated with privilege!
“No wonder our security chiefs are appointed on the basis of where they come from. Any Igbo who is not angry at the situation in the country today must have his head re-examined.
“Now, they contemplate Operation Python Dance 3 without dealing with the carnage of Operation Python dance 2 where UN rules of engagement were flagrantly violated. Who won’t be angry under these circumstances?”
He asked Governor Rochas Okorocha “not to allow his anger at IPoB’s verbal provocations override his paternity.”
“Borrow a leaf from me”, Nwodo said. “I am abroad and emerging from theatre for a mild surgery and I have read how it is being said that Ohanaeze and the South East governors masterminded you to detain our sisters; but note that the false propaganda did not stop me from directing Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary to condemn the detention.
“The provocation, double standard, and subjection to servitude far outweigh the denigration their false propaganda subject us to.
“Ndigbo anam asi “ozor emezina” (enough is enough). May our endurance not be stretched to the point where it challenges Hooke’s law on elastic limit.”
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