The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised the coalition of northern groups for placing a bounty on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
A coalition of 75 northern groups under the aegis of Northern Consensus Movement had on Thursday, placed a N100million bounty for any information that could lead to Kanu’s arrest.
The group accused Kanu and IPOB of masterminding the attacks on northern communities in the South-East region. Consequently, the northern group in a statement by its spokesman, Dr. Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, urged the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union to facilitate Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria.
Responding however to the development, Ohanaeze in a statement by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnaya, said that; “I congratulate the Northern Coalition Movement for thinking about Nigeria, but if they want to be fair, they should place N100m bounty on the heads of leaders of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, ISWAP, and other non-state actors, who are known to be terrorists. As you know, Ohanaeze does not agree that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a terrorist group.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not the issue here. There is a major issue of selective justice when you focus on one and leave another.
“Igbos all over have been complaining of injustice. No matter the millions of dollars placed on Nnamdi Kanu, it cannot stop agitation from the South-East.”
“What the region needs are justice and peaceful dialogue with the Federal Government. If this is done, all these issues of agitations and secession coming from the region will cease.
“Our advice to the NCM is to direct their agitations to the appropriate authorities,” he added.
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