By Babatunde Opalana
A Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has called on the Buhari administration to tackle the ethno-tribal crisis rocking every part of the country, rather than trimming down the national issue to a just fight for freedom by a section of the country, as being championed by Nnamdi Kanu.
The ADF in a press statement signed by Prof. Uzodinma Nwala and Prof. Nath Aniokwu, President and Secretary respectively said the situation in the country has gone beyond Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB because the entire country is now engulfed in political crises hitherto unknown in its history.
“It is no longer the North versus the South. It is no longer a coalition against the Igbos. The ‘song of freedom’ can be heard in every nook and cranny of the nation except in the comfort zones of those, who trade with the destiny of the people.
The body said the President’s headache is not Nnamdi Kanu or IPOB or the Igbo nation or even the South–South, the North Central or the West but, his headache is how to create an enabling environment for the various nationalities to come together.
Describing Nnamdi Kanu as a prisoner of conscience, the body warned that if he is incarcerated again, it will amount to creating two kinds of citizens; one those above the law ( Arewa Youths) and the other, those that will be blackmailed by the punishment of the law even when they commit no offense (IPOB).
The Foundation alleged that President Buhari in his nationwide broadcast on August 19, 2017 “failed to address the Quit Notice to Ndigbo by Arewa Youths; nor did he condemn the virulent Hausa hate songs being circulated as a mass mobilization tool for the Looming Genocide against Ndigbo.
“Rather, President Buhari used this maiden opportunity to declare war on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram, thereby equating the two as terrorist organizations. It was as if President Buhari was brought back to declare war on IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu and Ndi-Igbo.”
ADF further accused that President Buhari asked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to commence the process of arresting Nnamdi Kanu and try him for treason allegedly on the opinion of many the Arewa Youths.
They said since the quit notice pronouncement, many Ndigbo in the North for fear of a looming genocide, have continued to leave the North where they have lived for the better parts of their lives, to the South East where they are like refugees.