Several agitations in Nigeria with secession agenda are largely products of fundamental issues of injustice.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide urges the Federal Government to address these issues to calm the nerves of agitating groups and end the emergence of ethnic heroes.

The grand Igbo socio-cultural organisation believes going after the likes of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, will amount to nothing without justice.

Ohanaeze said the Federal Government should apply similar zeal and efficacy with which it arrested Kanu and Igboho in dealing with killer-herdsmen and bandits.

Kanu was arrested in Kenya on June 25 and brought back to face trial for alleged treason.

He has been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services until the 26th of July when he will be brought back to the court.

On Monday night, Sunday Igboho was arrested in the Republic of Benin, days after his residence was raided by the DSS. At least two persons were killed in the raid.

A statement by the spokesman of Ohanaeze, Alex Ogbonnia, believes Kanu and Igboho are seen as heroes by their people because they are believed to be fighting just causes.

Ohanaeze said: “Nigerian security operatives have in recent time shown that they have teeth and can bite.

“The question on every mouth is whether they can apply similar zeal in treating the Boko Haram kingpins; Fulani herdsmen; the Northwest bandits, etc.

“The foregoing selective efficiency of the security operatives elicits the reason for the making of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

“One of the departing admonitions of Pope John Paul II is: ‘if you want peace, then work for justice.’

“It is an age-old maxim founded on reason, experience and truth that the only way for peace to reign in society is for justice to be seen to be served to all.

“We recall that Sunday Igboho emerged on the scene because he could not endure the daily menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the Yoruba localities for a very long time.

“The herdsmen would kill, maim and rape women at random. All entreaties to the presidency for swift action against the AK-47-wielding herdsmen appeared to fall on deaf ears.

“Then, Igboho, in a patriotic heroic zeal intervened to save the rural farmers, women and children from the daily menace of the herdsmen.”

“There is no gainsaying the military operations against the Boko Haram in the Northeast of Nigeria but the rate at which the herdsmen destroy farm crops, attack villages, kill the indigenes and forcefully occupy their ancestral lands is most callous, unconscionable and condemnable.

“This is where the intervention of the presidency is most needed; and of course, the Igboho paradox.”

The highest Igbo socio-political organisation believes that only justice will end agitations.


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