Grant Nmamdi Kanu Fair Trial- Ohanaeze Ndigbo

The apex social-cultural Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has formed a legal team to represent the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in the court.

This was disclosed in a communique issued after the group’s National Executive Council, NEC, meeting held in Enugu at the weekend.
The National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, revealed that it had given attention to current local and national issues and: “observed with keen interest the recent re-arraignment and consequent trial of our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

The group noted that the IPOB leader should be tried as stipulated by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and must be in line with global best practices. It noted, however, that it is not opposing the trial.

According to the group, “as part of our avowed determination to ensure the fair trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, we have constituted a legal team led by the National Legal Adviser of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and eminent Igbo Leaders to monitor the legal proceedings, throughout the trial.”

Ohanaeze further stressed that it had seen the grievances of the youth in regards to the marginalisation of the Igbos, the Fulani herdsmen menace and other grievances but noted that it would not support any form of violence in redressing the relative denial and continuing inequality and injustice across the country.

“We, therefore, urged the youths to be law-abiding and sheath their sword as the South-East leaders and stakeholders address these our collective grievances through meaningful dialogue and negotiations.

The group urged Ndigbos, especially the youths, to be serious with the ongoing voters’ registration exercise. Ohanaeze noted that with equal participation, Igbo’s goals and aspirations in the Nigeria project would be achieved.
Speaking on the stand of the Southern Governors Forum on anti-open grazing, Ohanaeze backed the restructuring, rotation of the President of Nigeria to the South in 2023, and the proposed five per cent share of the Petroleum Industries Bill, PIB, for the host communities.

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