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Presidency: Don’t ruin S’East chances, Ohanaeze begs IPOB

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The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has appealed to members of the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign in the South-East.

This is as Kanu in a Friday statement by his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, urged his followers to be ‘circumspect’ because ‘the enemies were relentlessly exploiting vulnerable means to blackmail IPOB.’

Ohanaeze’s spokesperson, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, in an interview with PUNCH correspondent, also stated that some elders in the South-East led by the leader of Ohanaeze, Prof George Obiozor, were engaging with the President Muhammadu Buhari to seek Kanu’s release.

He also begged IPOB members not to ruin the chances of the South-East in the pursuit of what he described as legitimate rights.

They urged Nigeria to forget the 2023 election in the region “if our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is still in DSS custody.”

Ogbonnia, in an interview advised the secessionists not to build for themselves a ‘Frankenstein’ that may o consume them.

According to him, the political climate is in the favour of the South-East with the coming of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and it would be disastrous for any of them to ruin the system that the elders had struggled to build.

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