By: Awesome Ekene
The Igboezue International Association Nigeria and the Diaspora, IIAND, has berated the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, over its attack on Igbo elders and Ohaneze Ndigbo over their visit to President Muhammadu Buhari for the unconditional release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement by Chief Pius Okoye, the IIAND’s National President Worldwide, , after their meeting in Awka, the group slammed ACF for fighting against Kanu’s release because he was against what they support which is herdsmen attack of Igbo communities and killing their inhabitants.
ACF, through its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe had attacked Igbo elders and Ohaneze Ndigbo for demanding for Mazi Kanu’s unconditional release, whose alleged offense it described as atrocities against Nigeria.
ACF also said anyone accused of serious crime against the state should be allowed to face the law, questioning why somebody accused of serious crimes against the state be released by the executive because his tribal organisation has demanded for his release.
ACF also stated that if Kanu is released by Buhari on the demands by Igbo elders and Onaneze Ndigbo, that it would mean there is no more rule of law again in Nigeria.
Reacting, IIAND argued that Kanu has not been convicted for any known law in Nigeria, but thousands of Boko Haram killers, Fulani terrorist herdsmen who have killed and sacked people in their communities in the country, supported by Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association if Nigeria, MACBAN, who claimed responsibly of such killings have been pardoned and integrated into the society and some times alleged to have been drafted into security agencies and they did not say anything against their pardon and integration.
IIAND wondered why ACF will be so concerned with punishment of Mazi Kanu, whose alleged offence has not been established but have deliberately kept quiet to the pardon and integration into the Nigerian society of known killers, murderers, bandits and arsonist in the Northern states who have also renders people homeless.
IIAND, challenged ACF, to come up with the proof of one single person killed by Mazi Kanu, that should warrant his illegal abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria.
According to IIAND, Kanu is asking for equal treatment for all Nigerians, and stoppage of terrorist attack of communities by killer herdsmen from the North, asking the ACF to explain the reason behind herdsmen attack of people and sacking them from their communities and also to explain the reason for Boko Haram and bandits attack of states in the North including Abuja.
IIAND accused ACF of being the group that igniting crisis in the country because if its taking side with people involved in atrocious activities against the country and demanding for undue punishment for innocent people in Nigeria.
IIAND asked the ACF to explain with evidence how many soldiers and Army officer killed by IPOB or Nnamdi Kanu, saying that Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and Northern bandits have killed uncountable Army, Navy, Air force and Police men and yet they are being pampered by North and ACF keeps quiet and pretends that such killings aid not occur, but anything concerning the Igbo’s, IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, they will be alife and ready to ready to condemn.
“We in IIAND are therefore telling ACF to stop convicting Mazi Kanu, when the court has not done so and if Kanu should not be released, they should make the Federal Government to rearrest all their so called repentant Boko Haram, bandits and killer herdsmen arrested and released.
“ACF should therefore bury its head in shame for not speaking out against thousands of security men, civilians, and children killed and displaced, kidnapped and driven out of school by their pampered different group of bandits and terrorist that have made the North inhabitable, but will be fast to demand the crucification of innocent Nnamdi Kanu that have never been convicted of any crime.”