…Kanu Apologises for Ordering Stoning of Nwodo
By Ikeugonna Eleke
The protracted cold war between the pan Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, and the separatist Igbo group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has finally ended. This followed the mending of fences, by the two groups last Tuesday at a peace meeting brokered by First Republic Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, in Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State.
Both groups, which promised to now work together, had long been at daggers drawn, with the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, once calling on his members to attack the leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Nnia Nwodo, anywhere he was seen by stoning him.
But Amaechi who met with the groups, described the bickering as unnecessary as they were both working for the good of Igbo people.
In his words, ‘I summoned the two bodies to express my displeasure with what I have been reading in the newspapers about Kanu giving orders for the stoning of Chief Nwodo.
‘I’m happy that even before this peace meeting, Kanu has retracted the statement. We therefore appeal to Nwodo to accept the retraction and get it off his mind as IPOB has agreed to work with them.
‘The two bodies must realize that it is the same battle they are fighting, which is marginalization, killings and denial of Federal Government to develop the Southeast and Igbo land in general.’
IPOB, represented by Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, said he was at the meeting with the blessings and instructions of his client, just as he thanked Amaechi who he described as not a stranger to what he was doing, having once been declared a terrorist.
Also, speaking on behalf of Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Anambra State President of the body, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, said the body endorsed all that was contained in the communique.
He said, ‘Those who thought our fences are fallen will know that the fences are much stronger than they thought.’