Members of the Indigenious People of Biafra IPOB have been warned by the
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide against carrying out their planned attack on President Buhari in Japan, as such an action will cause the Igbo race to be labelled a terrorist group worldwide.
In a statement released yesterday August 26th, Mazi Okechukwu isiguzoro the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, described the directive issued by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, for its members in Japan to arrest and disgrace President Buhari during his visit to the Asian country, as a senseless plot as it will endanger the lives and properties of all Igbos residing in all the 19 Northern states.
Isiguzoro added that Kanu and other IPOB members championing the call for this attack have no investment in the South East or anywhere in Nigeria.
The statement in part reads
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is calling on Igbo planning violent Protest in Japan to arrest of President Muhammadu Buhari to put off such senseless plot as it endangers the lives and properties of Igbo living in 19 Northern States. Apart from the risk of being jailed or deported from Japan, anything else that happens to Buhari will certainly put Igbo in danger.
Most of those sponsoring the planned attack to humiliate Buhari, do not have any investment in Nigeria particularly the South East. Igbo are wiser than yesterday, many IPOB leaders including Nnamdi Kanu, do not have investment in the South East or Biafra land. Many of them are yet to build house in the South East. Many of the people staging the protest should remember that they’re the breadwinners of their families in Nigeria.
We should vigorously defend our land while building bridges across the Niger. We are Praying for IPOB leaders to repent and stop jeopardizing the peaceful atmosphere we have experienced in the South East since the War ended in 1970. Attacking President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan is not an achievement, but will portray Igbo before the international community as terrorists that we can never be.
Irrespective of that, Igbos are facing political and economic difficulties in Nigeria, coupled with the uprising of insecurity challenges emanating from herdsmen. We should not worsen the situation by introducing violent Protest, it will affect Igbo in the north.”