UK: Dialogue with IPOB, MASSOB now, Ohanaeze Urges Nig. govt

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that every favour extended to any Igbo man deserves the commendation of the organisation.

This was stated by the spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, in an interview with The PUNCH.

Ogbonnia made the statement in reaction to a plan by the United Kingdom to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

He said, “A major point of convergence is that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, IPOB and MASSOB are Igbo. The only point of divergence is approach to the agitation against the marginalisation of the people of South-East.

“So Ohanaeze Ndigbo owes it a duty to protect the Igbo wherever they are, call it IPOB, call it MASSOB or whatever nomenclature that is used, it is a duty of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to protect the Igbo.

“On a daily basis, we appeal to IPOB and MASSOB to come to us, let us discuss and hold dialogues and formulate a common approach to the issue of the state of Igbo in respect to Nigeria. It is an appeal which has been consistent by Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It is very regrettable that IPOB has not been able to come to terms with this appeal.

“IPOB approach of abusing everybody is the point of divergence but their grievances are very genuine. All the young people will graduate from universities, some make first class and are deprived of the opportunity of employment while somebody who barely passes, before you know, the person is giving a federal appointment. It is painful.”

“So whatever favour done to an Igbo man deserves the appreciation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Whatever favour that is extended to a disciplined Igbo man deserves the commendation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”

He said the Federal Government instead of kicking against the UK’s gesture, it should call IPOB, MASSOB and all other agitation groups for dialogue.

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