Apex Igbo socio-cultural group Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has decried the prosecution of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo.
Ohanaeze while describing federal government’s effort as futile, expressed surprise at the efficiency with which security operatives arrested Kanu and Igboho without applying similar zeal in treating Boko Haram kingpins, herdsmen, and bandits in the North West.
In a statement on Tuesday in Enugu by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze said as long as the Federal Government fails to address issues of injustice, many “other Kanus and Igbohos will sooner than later emerge.
The statement reads “Nigeria security operatives have in recent time shown that they have teeth and can bite.
“The question on every mouth is whether they can apply similar zeal in treating the Boko Haram Kingpins; Fulani Herdsmen; the North West Bandits, etc. The foregoing selective efficiency of the security operatives elicits the reason for the making of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
“One of the departing admonitions of Pope John Paul II, was “if you want peace, then work for justice” It is an age old maxim founded on reason, experience and truth that the only way for peace to reign in society is for justice to be seen to be served to all.
“We recall that Chief Sunday Igboho emerged in the scene because he could not endure the daily menace of the herdsmen in the Yoruba localities for a very long time. The herdsmen would kill, maim and rape women at random.
“All entreaties to the presidency for a swift action against the AK-47 wielding herdsmen appeared to fall on deaf ears. Then Igboho in a patriotic heroic zeal intervened to save the rural farmers, women and children from the daily menace of the herdsmen.
“There is no gainsaying the military operations against the Boko Haram in the North East of Nigeria but the rate at which the herdsmen destroy farm crops, attack villages, kill the indigenes and forcefully occupy their ancestral lands is most callous, unconscionable and condemnable. This is where the intervention of the presidency is most needed; and of course, the Igboho paradox.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has maintained the need for the presidency to embrace equity, justice and fairness in public policy formulations and execution. And that the various forms of agitation in Nigeria is an effect and not a cause in itself.
Sunday Igboho’s arrest comes three weeks after his residence in Soka area of Ibadan Oyo State was raided at amidnight by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).