After Nnamdi Kanu’s arraignment in court on Thursday, the youth wing of the top Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has asked for calm.
This comes as the organization denounced the treatment of certain Igbo leaders, journalists, and attorneys who were in the court to see Kanu’s trial.
Kanu was ultimately docked before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, according to our source. He entered a not guilty plea to the modified seven-count accusation.
During the trial, former Anambra State Governor Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, as well as a slew of other Igbo politicians, journalists, and attorneys, were barred admission to the courtroom.
Prior to his arraignment, his organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra, promised a one-month total lockdown if the Federal Government failed to present him in court.
In a statement made available to journalists, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, asked Igbo youths to be calm as underground efforts to free Kanu continue.
He said the entire compliance to the sit-in across the South-East demonstrated enough solidarity with Kanu, and he asked the youngsters to de-escalate tensions quickly.
“We appreciate our people first and foremost for the peace and quiet that has pervaded every area of the South-East today.” It demonstrates that, despite what our adversaries would have us believe, our people are still completely unified.
“At this time, I ask to our youths to refrain from any sort of confrontation, including the Monday sit-in.”
Today, we all say Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, hale and hearty and in good spirits.
“As a result, we must all remain calm and allow continuous attempts to ensure his liberation.” We are well aware of sincere efforts to have him released as soon as possible. We should allow people behind this movement the opportunity and the necessary air of independence to see it through.”
Okwu, on the other hand, was enraged by the manner Ezeife and others were treated during the trial.
“We completely condemn such treatment; there is no reason for it; Nnamdi Kanu is an Igbo son, and Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife was there with the mandate of Ndigbo to observe their son’s trial.”
“We don’t understand why the Federal Government continues to treat Ndigbo as second-class people.”
This has to come to an end.
“This matter has been deferred until November 10, and we expect that by then, the officials involved will have talked to themselves in order to avoid a repeat of that shameful display.”
“Journalists should be permitted to carry out their constitutional duties as well, just as we cautioned against a secret trial of the IPOB leader previously,” he stated.