Factional leadership of apex igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by its President-General Engr Chidi Ibeh has stated that Ndigbo across the world will hold the Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma accountable for the deaths of anyone killed during Orlu crisis.
Kalu Mkpa Uduma, Media Adviser to Secretary General Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement issued on Tuesday faulted the involvement of the military in addressing civil disobedience.
They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he (Buhari) holds dialogue with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB as a means of addressing issues leading to their continued agitation.
Uduma went further to disclose that the group had launched investigation on the recent clash between the Nigerian military and members of IPOB in orlu that led to loss of lives and properties, warned that normalcy should be totally restored immediately in orlu and environs as Ndigbo are peaceful people must not be provoked.
“There are evidences of destruction of properties that worth billions of naira and we call for truce and settlements of those that lost their lives and properties in the clash.”
Continuing the Ibeh led faction of Ohanaeze said “irrespective that we believe in advancement of igbo genuine causes in Nigeria, we have the mandate of igbtos to engage Nigerian authorities on the grievances of Igbo youths, and it should be addressed especially the remote causes of biafra agitation, as dialogue remains the global asset of settling dispute.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to take appropriate actions to ensure that there’s dialogue between him and IPOB, as what’s good for the goose is also for the grander.
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“Governor Uzodinma should be wary of verdict of history, whatever decisions taken today in the causes of protecting lives and properties should not involve military operations in civil disobedience or self determination, Ndigbo will hold Governor Uzodinma accountable and responsible for any life lost in Imo state under any circumstances.”