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Seek counsel before speaking on IPOB, HURIWA tells Buhari's aide – Guardian

Emmanuel Onwubiko

Ohanaeze youths hail NASS caucus decision to intervene
Emmanuel Onwubiko
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, to seek counsel before speaking on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, HURIWA described Shehu’s comments on IPOB as calculated hate speeches against the detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement signed by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, called on Buhari not to surround himself with bellicose individuals, who appear graphically as ‘conflicts entrepreneurs’.
It, however, appealed to the members and sympathisers of self-determination groups in southern Nigeria to embrace constructive and civil dialogues, and resist attempts towards armed struggle.
The statement reads: “The SSA, Media, to the President, Garba Shehu, has gained notoriety as a sympathiser of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), but has always accused IPOB of all kinds of atrocities. However, he has failed to show a legal evidence linking the banned IPOB to any act of terrorism, since Buhari was wrongly advised by haters of political pluralism to classify IPOB as a terrorist organisation, even when the sane group is recognised in civilised democracies.”
The group alleged that the Presidential aide might have immediately syndicated a provocative and speculative attack against IPOB and Yoruba Nation agitators, to sustain the aggressive attacks against the southern Nigeria self-determination campaigners with public fund and security institutions.
IN the same vein, the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has commended the South East caucus in the National Assembly for their decision to take up Kanu’s matter.
The IPOB leader has been in detention since he was repatriated from Kenya, a development that has continued to heighten tension in the South East.
President-General of the group, Okwu Nnabuike, stated in Abuja, yesterday, that the decision of the federal lawmakers was heart-warming.
He noted that in a communiqué after its meeting in Abuja, on Wednesday, the caucus said it would champion a political solution to the problem.
The communiqué reads: “We discussed the issue of Kanu and resolved to intervene. To this end, we resolve to set up a committee to constructively interface with the relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.
“We have been shouting on top of our voices that only a political solution is the way out of the problem. Kanu is a political prisoner, and only a political solution will set him free. So, we the Igbo youths thank the lawmakers for rising up to the occasion. They have further endeared themselves to the masses by this singular act.”
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