The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has told the various groups in the South-East clamouring for the creation of a sovereign republic of Biafra, to perish the dream, saying that Ndigbo are stakeholders in Nigeria and have no reason to break away from the union.
The group made the remark during the Igbo Unity Summit held at Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday.
In a statement signed by the chairman of the states’ chairmen, Mazi Alex Okemiri, the group condemned the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) for describing the Owerri summit as a Jamboree, noting that such description for a gathering of eminent Igbo leaders, was very unfortunate.
The youth council, therefore, advised IPOB to respect Igbo leaders and their fathers who fought to bring Ndigbo to their present status.
“Ndigbo are joint landlords of Nigeria and cannot leave it for anybody but will only continue to seek for justice, equity and fair play for all Nigerians in general and Ndigbo in particular.
“Our attention has also been drawn to the antics of a group, which styled itself as Igbo Wuotu. It also parades itself as south east elders and recently threatened to invade the Government House in Umuahia to remove Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
“Nigerians, Ndigbo and Abians should disregard the group. It is not one of the Igbo groups recognised by the apex Igbo body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It is therefore an illegal group. Security agents have the moral duty to fish out those behind the group as they are inciting the public and causing confusion in the polity. We also call on Dr Okezie Ikpeazu not to be deterred by the antics of the group and their sponsors”.
It also called on the people of Abia State to continue to pray for a speedy resolution of the legal battles Governor Ikpeazu is facing so that “he will not be distracted again in his effort to reposition the state”.