Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has said it will hold Acting President Yemi Osinbajo responsible should anything happen to pro-Biafra agitators as they protest on May 30.
There are fears over alleged plans by security operatives to open fire on the agitators who shall be observing a sit-at-home to mark the 50th year of Biafra declaration.
It is on this premise that the OYC has said that “Ndigbo shall hold Osinbajo responsible as the Acting President of Nigeria should anything happen to any of our youths”.
OYC’s assertion was made in a press statement made available to journalists, which was signed by the groups’s deputy national president and the national scribe, Dr. Arthur Obiora and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.
“We shall not take lightly the spilling of the blood of any Igbo man today because these are non-violent agitators and their agitation is protected under every known law.
“As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo is very much aware of the constitutional rights of these agitators and he should therefore not allow himself to be used as an instrument to suppress lawful expression of opinion.
“He should, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria call all security agencies to order to ensure that they do not engage in mass murder.
“We have had enough of this mindless killing of our people and we are not going to take it again this time,” OYC said.
The group called on Igbo traders and workers to comply with the sit-at-home order of the pro-Biafra groups, stressing that “the international community is watching; so, if we can show unity as a people, if we can show solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and Uchenna Madu, the leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, respectively, the United Nations and other international organizations will not just accord us respect but help us in pushing for a referendum.”
The seat-at-home order for May 30 by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is gaining momentum as Maxi Okwu, a top Igbo elder, says he would take part in it.
Okwu, a former national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), also thanked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for speaking out the truth at a recent celebration in Abuja to mark the 50th anniversary of the Biafran war.
The Igbo elder further condemned the way former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke at the event stressing that the retired military general is one of the major problems plaguing Nigeria.
According to him, Nigeria will never know peace until Obasanjo, whom he described as a member of the trioka of evil, leaves the country alone.
It was earlier reported that Okwu said he would observe the order by IPOB in celebration of the Biafra day.
“I dare the security agencies to come and beat me for observing in quiet contemplative prayers the memories of Biafran heroes,” he said.
“Love or hate Nnamdi Kanu the man is the issue of the moment. His house in Umuahia seems to have become the new Onuiyi haven of the late 70’s,” he added.