The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has made a one-month appeal to restive youths in the South-East area to de-escalate tensions.
The region has been witnessing increased instability and restiveness since the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The zone’s National Assembly caucus, led by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, recently indicated that they will use a political option to secure Kanu’s release.
Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the President-General of the OYC, called for a one-month truce by the restive youths in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“It is just proper that at this juncture, the NASS caucus and two governors who are making moves to secure Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom, be given a chance.
“This is not the first time Chief Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led NASS caucus will be playing this role; they did it in the past and it was fruitful. So, we advocate that they be given the benefit of the doubt,” Nnabuike said.
“To this end, we appeal that every form of restiveness should cease henceforth till a period of one month, within which we expect to see visible progress towards the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,” he added.
He noted that, “there has been these claims that the Federal Government is delighted over the insecurity in the South-East. We don’t want to believe such an assertion. However, they should disprove it by ensuring that Nnamdi is produced in court on the 21st of this month.
“Anything to the contrary would mean adding fuel to the already ignited fire but we are not praying for that.
“If the FG actually wants peace in the South-East, let them release Nnamdi Kanu. Anyone interested in peace in the zone should think of Kanu’s release, not sending military; brutal force has never solved any problem, rather dialogue.”
“We were disappointed that he was not mentioned in the communiqué, rather they were talking about stopping sit-at-home, even when they don’t have the power,” he observed.