The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has counseled against tarnishing the name of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Professor George Obiozor over issues relating to the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The National President of OYC, Igboayaka O Igboayaka gave the advice in a statement dated July 12.
Igboayaka insisted that the statement credited to Prof. Obiozor disparaging the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu never emanated from him.
The offending statement reads; “I am the President General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo not Nnamdi Kanu. Nobody gave him the veto power to decide for the Igbos. Whatsoever he was doing at his Radio Biafra is solely for him and has no link with the entire Igbo community. I could remember how many times we called him to order, yet he refused to heed to our calls, now he’s about to face what is bigger than him.”
The OYC described the statement as pure malicious blackmail against the renowned diplomat and president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who the council said cannot make such a remark.
The OYC accused a factional Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by one Chidi Ibeh of masterminding the report in order to drag Obiozor’s name to the mud.
It recalled that Ohanaeze Ndigbo under Obiozor earlier issued a statement on the re-arrest and trial of Kanu, in which it called for the IPOB leader to be given fair hearing.
It added that Ohanaeze Ndigbo went a step further to direct its national legal adviser to monitor legal proceedings throughout the trial to ensure it conforms to international best practices.
Nnamdi Kanu was reportedly rearrested in Kenya on June 27 and kept in custody for eight days before repatriation to Nigeria.
Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Court, Abuja adjourned the matter when Kanu was arraigned on July 2 to July 26 after ordering that Kanu be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kanu had fled the country after troops swooped on his family house in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State on September 14, 2017 and killed about 28 persons.