As the crisis in the southeastern part of the country escalates, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to allow embattled IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to address the Igbos.
The apex socio-political organisation recently put a bounty on Simon Ekpa and has now said the wanton violence in the southeast is his doing.
According to Ohanaeze, Ekpa is taking advantage of Kanu's continued detention as he is an opportunist and fame seeker.
The group posits that the only cure for the ongoing madness is the federal government allowing Kanu to address Ndigbo before the February election.
“This madness of sit-at-home and incessant killings and insecurity we are witnessing in the Southeast can be traced to the continuous incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, which Simon Ekpa is taking undue advantage of.
“Ekpa is an opportunist, a fame and fortune seeker who saw the window and lapses of Kanu’s detention as an opportunity for him to venture into his journey of amassing wealth from politicians and destroying the people of the Southeast.
“The only cure to this madness of Simon Ekpa is a passionate appeal to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to allow the leader of IPOB to address Ndigbo, possibly this February before the elections because there is a grand conspiracy by some external enemies of Ndigbo, and they are using Ekpa to shortchange and ensure that there is an election boycott in the Southeast.
“The only cure to this Ekpa’s madness is for Buhari to allow Kanu, even if it’s a five-minute broadcast because Kanu has continued to say through his lawyers that these killings and insecurity in the Southeast should end.
"The activities of unknown gunmen instigated by Ekpa should end, and why there has been no effect on those messages is that the people doubt if those messages are from Nnamdi Kanu.
“So, in order to have a peaceful election, the Federal Government should give Nnamdi Kanu a five-minute broadcast to talk to the people of the Southeast; this would end Ekpa and his madness”, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said in a statement.
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