Apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo on Sunday urged members of the Igbo community to take the ongoing voters’ registration exercise seriously especially the youths.
The socio-cultural group in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Enugu said “it is the only means that guarantees effective participation in Nigerian politics and a sine qua non to achieve our goals and aspirations in the Nigerian project.”
Ohaneze in the communique signed by its spokesperson, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said while it identifies with the Igbo youths in their grievances with respect to Igbo marginalization, it however, do not support the use of any form of violence to redress the relative deprivation and prevailing inequality and injustice across the country.
The group urged Igbo youths to be law-abiding and sheath their sword, and allow their leaders and stakeholders to address grievances through meaningful dialogue and negotiations.
It also disclosed that it has set up a strong legal team to monitor the court trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The socio-cultural group said though, it is not averse to the trial, but it however urged the Federal Government to ensure that the trial of the IPOB leader is within the ambit of the laws of the country and in line with global best practices.
Ohaneze in the communique noted it constituted the legal team and eminent Igbo leaders that will be led by its National Legal Adviser to monitor the proceedings and ensure that Kanu gets a fair trial.
The group also aligned itself with grievances of the Igbo youths on the marginalization, the menace of Fulani herdsmen among others.
The six-point resolution read, “That Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has observed with keen interest the recent re-arraignment and consequent trial of our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“That, in as much as Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not averse to his trial, we however submit that he should be tried within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with global best practices.”
It added, “Ohanaeze strongly supports the stand taken by the Southern Governors Forum on anti-open grazing, restructuring, rotation of the President of Nigeria to the South in 2023, and the proposed 5% share of the Petroleum Industries Bill (PIB) for the host communities.