Photo: Nnamdi Kanu in court on Monday
UMUAHIA – Ohaneze Youth Council [OYC] has commenced negotiation with the Federal Government for a political solution to resolve the issues surrounding the protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and MASSOB which will ultimately lead to an unconditional release of the detained leader of IPOB and promoter of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
To this end, the leadership OYC met with the Federal Government in Abuja, Tuesday, through the Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalong.
According to the National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the meeting was to look at political solution to resolve the problem of the agitations of the pro-Biafra groups and also the release of their leader, Kanu.
The delegation to meeting held at the Minister’s office, according to Isiguzoro, include the patron of the OYC, Chief M.O. Kanu and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths Development, Mr. Chinyeaka Oha.
Isiguzoro explained that at the meeting with the Minister, OYC urged the Federal Government to release Kanu unconditionally as being demanded by IPOB and the Uchenna Madu led Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) at the South East stakeholders’ meeting held in Enugu, Sunday.
The OYC said the release of Kanu was part of the conditions by IPOB and MASSOB to halt their protests and urged government to consider their demands as part of the sacrifices for the nation’s unity and peaceful coexistence and free Kanu.
OYC promised that upon the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the Council would bring agitating groups, IPOB and MASSOB to a negotiating table with the Federal Government and seek a lasting solution to the problem of Igbo youths.
Isiguzoro further explained that at the meeting, OYC made other demands from the Federal Government which include the absorption of Igbo Youths into the Federal Government amnesty programme and other programmes to ameliorate their maginalization and for President Muhammadu Buhari to give Ndigbo more serious appointments in Boards of parastatals and agencies.
According to Isiguzoro, the Minister agreed that Igbo youths face high level of unemployment and promised to work with other ministries to look into the matter.
The OYC President also quoted the minister to have promised to convey their requests to President Muhammadu Buhari for action and commended the group its peace disposition.
Expressing hope that the peace effort to seek political solution and secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu and to broker peace between IPOB/ MASSOB and the Federal Government would yield positive result, the council appealed to the pro-Biafran agitators to remain peaceful while the effort to address their grievance is going on.
They also expressed the hope that President Buhari being a listening leader will look into the grievances of the protesters with a view to finding permanent solution to them.
By Anayo Okoli