•Salutes judiciary for freeing jailed 112 Igbo women
•Warns against stretching the people’s anger beyond limit
•Expresses dismay over silence on threats by Fulani herdsmen
The President General of the umbrella body of Ndigbo Worldwide, the Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has reacted to the release of over 100 pro-Biafran women by cautioning the Federal Government in what looks like a double standard in the way it treats deadly Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen as against the peaceful protests of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He however, saluted the Judiciary for allowing reason and respect for human rights to prevail by freeing the 112 Igbo women who were jailed for protesting peacefully over the whereabouts of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has not been seen since the Nigerian Army invaded his home in Umuahia, Abia State in 2017.
Nwodo while commending the judiciary for the release however, expressed dismay over “Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors, Miyetti Allah” who “move about freely reeling out new threats”.
This, he made known in a statement on Saturday, where he urged Igbos to express their anger at the situation rather than shooting themselves on the foot
He said: “I salute the courage of the Imo State judiciary and the professionalism of the State Attorney General. Never again shall we Igbos at this critical time shoot ourselves again on the foot. No matter how provocative, incindiary and unruly IPOB may be, they are our children. Aggrieved children can sometimes loose their guard.
“While they are proscribed, Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors, Meyetti Allah move about freely reeling out new threats, occupying Southern and Middle Belt farms forcibly with the law enforcement agents either aiding them or intentionally looking away. Churches are invaded, priests killed yet no one is arrested. Thousands are killed, thousands are rendered homeless, no one cares. IDPS are established only when the displaced come from a favoured section of the country.”
Nwodo noted that “Boko Haram loot, plunder, kidnap but the government negotiates with them spending unappropriated and undisclosed sums, yet IPOB is proscribed for just speaking up. Arewa youths spoke treason and were defended by Governors and treated with privilege.
“No wonder our security chiefs are appointed on the basis of where they come from. Any Igbos who is not angry at the situation in the country today must have his head reexamined.”
“Now, they contemplate Operation Python Dance 3 without dealing with the carnage of Operation Python dance 2 where UN rules of engagement were flagrantly violated. Who won’t be angry under these circumstances.
The Ohanaeze leader admonished Governor Rochas Okorocha not allow his anger at IPOB’S verbal provocations override his paternity, urging him to demonstrate some restraint in the future.
“Here are young people described as terrorists for daring to speak out in the face of degradation, marginalization and inhuman treatment.The provocation, double standards, and subjection to servitude far outweigh the denigration their false propaganda subject us to.
Finally, Nwodo warned against over stretching the peoples endurance limit “May our endurance not be stretched to the point where it challenges Hooke’s law on elastic limit”