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Pro-Igbo group urge Biafra referendum, Kanu’s release, ors



*Apologized to Gov Okorocha for the Chatham House incident

A pro-Igbo freedom movement, Njemigbo Movement has called on the Federal government to unconditionally release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Dr Nnamdi Kanu [above].

They also demanded release of Ben Onwuka and other MASSOB/IPOB leaders who are still languishing in different Nigeria prisons. 

They also urged the Federal Government to immediately organize a referendum in the South/East and the South/South.

That will serve for the clarification of the people’s wish to remain within the Nigeria enclave or otherwise be allowed to pursue self-determination. 

This, they pointed out was “to bring to an end the incessant killings of innocent Igbo people by Nigeria soldiers.”

The movement made the call at its emergency meeting in Awka yesterday.

It called on Igbo leaders everywhere “to rise up and mount on pressure for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and call for justice over the killings of Igbo youths at Aba and other places during the peaceful protests. 

“This will accord them necessary respect home and abroad.

“However, on the recent harassment of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state in Chatham House London by our protesting brothers. 

“We ought to be more defined and deal with facts and not unsubstantiated information. 

“Regardless of any grudge one may hold against the Governor, the fact has been established that he has not in any way attested to be anti-Biafra/anti-Igbo…”

The press statement was issued at the end of its Awka meeting and signed by the national Coordinator, Comrade Ndudi Egoigbo and national Secretary, Hon Nwabugo Remigus.

The movement noted that “Governor Okorocha is the only Igbo Leader in power who had come openly on air to discuss solution for Biafra protest.

“This happened after the grand finale of Million Man March held in Owerri.

“Governor Okorocha went to Abuja, he narrated the protests issues and call for a proper attention toward the demand of the youths.  

“This was done on a widely televised live lecture organized by Radio Nigeria on 15th of November, 2015.

“As a result therefore, we hereby tender an unreserved apology to Governor Okorocha of Imo State on the harassment in Chatham House. 

“We opinioned that those who mainly deserved such harassment are those that have done nothing, say nothing or aiding the killings, arrests, harassment of Biafran in their places.  

“Fact show Governor Okorocha is not one of them.

“We urge our governor, Okorocha to continue in setting pace for emulation in developments.

“He should continue his efforts so far the release of Nnamdi Kanu and other pro Biafra activist in Nigeria prisons”.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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