ANAMBRA – A delegation of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday, staged a walk-out on a meeting held with the leadership of Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo over the inability of the latter to meet-up with some of the demands presented during their last meeting in Enugu state.
The meeting which was held at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state, the hometown of renowned constitutional lawyer cum convener, Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, had the likes of Ohanaeze President-General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Bishop Emeritus, Rt. Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa, leaders of Jewish worshippers among others in attendance.
The Biafra Times Correspondent learnt in a conversation with a member of the IPOB delegation led by Barrister Aloy Ejimakor that the walk out resulted from what was perceived as a poor presentation and acceptance of their preconditions for peace by the Ohanaeze leadership in the meeting. He, however, said that another meeting involving the five governors of the South-East geopolitical zone would be reconvened in Enugu on August 8, where issues bordering on IPOB proscription would further be deliberated.
It was gathered that during the meeting, one of the key demands presented by IPOB was for the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to prevail on South-East governors and the federal government and lead them to the de-proscription of the freedom fighting body as a terrorist organisation “since Ohanaeze and Southeast governors gathered together to proscribe the group, they should also gather together to de-proscribe it.”
It was also learnt that part of the demands made by IPOB included that the umbrella Igbo organisation should, as a matter of necessity, tender an unreserved apology to IPOB over their complicity with the Igbo governors in instigating Operation Python Dance II, which resulted in the deaths of its members, followed by a compensation for all IPOB members killed during the military operation in Umuahia, Abia state and the prosecution of security men that murdered them.
Other preconditions included that the Igbo organisation should publicly demand the whereabouts of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and his parents HRM, Sir Israel Okwu-Kanu and Lolo Sally Ugoeze Kanu and also to apologize to the Afaraukwu Ibeku community for its complicity in unleashing brutality in the community through the mindless and bloody invasion of the palace by operatives of the Nigerian army. Also listed in the demands, was for Ohanaeze and South-East governors to call for an end to the constant and indiscriminate harassment and arrest of IPOB members in any part of the country by security operatives.
“We demanded an end to all criminal prosecutions of our members arrested in various parts of the country over our self-determination agitation as well as the recognition of rights of individuals as contained in the Nigerian constitution,” our source revealed.
It was, however, noted that the duo leadership of the Igbo Leaders of Thought and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo have agreed in principle to do all within their power to ensure that the organization was de-proscribed, adding that it would guarantee peace in the country.