The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has referred to as for calm after Nnamdi Kanu’s arraignment in courtroom on Thursday.
That is because the group condemned the remedy meted out on some Igbo leaders, journalists and attorneys who had been within the courtroom to look at the proceedings throughout Kanu’s trial.
DAILY POST reported that Kanu was lastly docked earlier than Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja. He pleaded not responsible to the amended 7-count cost.
Throughout the trial, a former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a number of different Igbo leaders, journalists and attorneys had been denied entry to the courtroom sitting.
Previous to his arraignment, his group the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, had threatened a one-month whole lockdown ought to the Federal Authorities fail to provide him in courtroom.
In an announcement made obtainable to journalists, the President-Common of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike urged Igbo youths to stay calm as underground efforts proceed so as to safe Kanu’s freedom.
He mentioned the overall compliance to the sit-at-home throughout the South-East was sufficient solidarity with Kanu and urged the youths to instantly de-escalate rigidity.
“We thank to start with our individuals for the peace and tranquility that pervaded each nook of the South-East all through at this time. It exhibits that our individuals are nonetheless completely united regardless of the image our enemies would need to paint.
“At this juncture, I attraction to our youths to stop any type of hostility, together with the Monday sit-at-home. All of us say Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at this time hale and hearty and in excessive spirit.
“It’s, due to this fact, needed that all of us settle down and permit ongoing efforts to safe his freedom. We’re completely conscious of real efforts to make sure that he’s launched as rapidly as potential. We must always give these behind this transfer the possibility and the wanted air of freedom to see this via.”
Okwu, nevertheless, expressed anger over the way in which Ezeife and others had been handled throughout the trial.
“We condemn such remedy in totality; there isn’t any justification for that; Nnamdi Kanu is an Igbo son and Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife was there with the mandate of Ndigbo to look at the trial of their son.
“We don’t know why the Federal Authorities has continued to deal with Ndigbo as second class residents. This has acquired to cease.
“This case has been adjourned to November 10 and we anticipate that earlier than then, the authorities involved ought to have talked to themselves and keep away from a repeat of that present of disgrace.
“Journalists also needs to be allowed to hold out their constitutional duties, simply as we warned earlier towards secret a trial of the IPOB chief,” he mentioned.
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