The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged the Federal Government not to celebrate the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, spoke on Wednesday, in a statement signed by its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the Secretary-General, Comrade Obinna Achuonye.
The group said Kanu’s arrest would not bring to an end the various agitations in the zone, and that as such, the government should not jubilate over it.
OYC said it took time to react to Kanu’s arrest because it needed to gauge the pulse of the people, advising that the government should use this opportunity to address the various issues fueling the agitations.
It said in the statement that, “It is no longer news that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been taken into custody by the Nigerian government, after he was arrested in Kenya.
“We have also seen how the government is gloating over his arrest, as though it is a millennial achievement. In any case, if the government will care to listen, we advise once more that it should leverage on Kanu’s arrest to dialogue with the IPOB and other agitating groups.
“The Federal Government should look at what brought about the agitation in the first place; if you end up treating just symptoms of a sickness, the ailment will still be there. Ndigbo have never suffered this level of marginalization in Nigeria- total exclusion, total abandonment.
“So, the FG should douse the current tension and agitations in the South-East by giving the region a sense of belonging, what is due for them, including Igbo presidency in 2023. The crackdown on Kanu will end up producing hundreds of other Kanu.
“May we also tell the government to utilize the same energy in arresting bandits terrorizing the North and the rampaging herdsmen ravaging Southern Nigeria. As we speak, all schools in Kaduna State have been shut down, with hundreds of school children under the captivity of the bandits, but the government is busy looking for Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.
“The government must try to be civilized in its approach, not the kind of gestapo system used in invading Sunday Igboho’s house, we are not in a banana republic.
“Nnamdi Kanu should also be granted access to his family, medical doctor, lawyer and associates. He is still presumed innocent until proven guilty and for that he should be given a fair trial.”
While thanking Igbo and Yoruba youths for remaining calm, the OYC pleaded with Igbo leaders not to abandon Nnamdi Kanu.
“The IPOB leader should not be abandoned to his fate; we know that he abused so many Igbo leaders in his utterances, but you don’t throw away the baby with the bathwater,” he added.
#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow
The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.
According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.
The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.
“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.
“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.
This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.
Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.
“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.
However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”
The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:
“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.
“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”
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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours
A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.
She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.
Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.
A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.
The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.
Another building collapses in Lagos
A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.
The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.
The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.
At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.
The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.
A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.
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