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Ohanaeze, Arewa youth groups to meet in South East

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Rapprochement between Ohanaeze youth groups and Arewa youths seem to be on the horizon.

Members of Ohanaeze Youth Council and Coalition of Northern Groups have agreed to hold a meeting in the South East, on a yet-to-be fixed date, in continuation of peace moves, against the backdrop of the October 1, 2017 quit notice handed down to Igbo living in the 19 northern states.

Rising from a maiden edition of the meeting, in Abuja, at the weekend, leadership of the two youth organisations revealed that they have equally set up a six-man committee to iron out modalities for lasting peace between the regions before expiration of the October 1 ultimatum.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, chairmen of the Northern youth groups, Yerima Shettina and his Ohanaeze counterpart, Mazi Okechukwu Isigusoro, admitted they had fruitful discussions.

Shettima, however, warned that Arewa youths have not officially withdrawn the quit notice, and warned that his group will not have anything to do with IPOB members.

He insisted that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, must never go unpunished.

In a related development, Movement  for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), under the leadership of Uchenna Madu has bemoaned Arewa Youths’ call on the United Nations (UN) to list the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.

The group condemned the call in its entirety and warned Arewa youths against its utterances on IPOB and the entire Ndigbo as a dangerous omen which may do everybody no good rather than creating more tension in the country.

MASSOB National Director of Information, Mr. Edson Samuel, in a statement, yesterday, described the call by Arewa youths as lack of knowledge and understanding between terrorism and self-determination.

“These Northern youths, who want the UN to list IPOB as a terrorist group are confused because they don’t know the meaning of terrorists. MASSOB will not blame them because they are illiterates, uneducated and charlatans who do not know the difference between terrorism and self-determination…

“Nigeria is a signatory to the ‘Rights to self-determination,’ and so,  the attempt to label IPOB a terrorist body is laughable and unrealistic. The UN is made up of professional, learned and educated gentlemen who cannot be pushed by sentiments of these ignorant people.

“The Northern politicians who are desperate to hold on to power are the sponsors of these Arewa youths and Almajirai, who cannot define the meaning of terrorist. MASSOB is warning Arewa youths to mind their utterances because Igbo and Biafrans cannot be intimidated by their antics,” Samuel warned.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 17th July 2017 at 8:01 am

    As I already said, Republic Of Biafra is a REVOLUTION that is prepared to forgive repentant past and also prepared to clean unrepentant past irrespective of age and background. It happened in Ghana under Jerry Rawlings on which Ghana exist today. No Nigeria mess will exist or infiltrate in Republic Of Biafra and deadline with Nigeria is October 1st 2017 with Diplomacy or War. Republic Of Biafra majority Igbos decided for, is the only legitimate institution that represents Igbos. God Is With Us!!!

  2. DON. M 17th July 2017 at 8:16 am

    Good response indeed, they are illiterates, uneducated and charlatans who do not know the difference between terrorism and self-determination…Zombi na Zombi, Nnamma na nnamma, and Almajirai is Almajirai

  3. DON. M 17th July 2017 at 8:20 am

    Good response indeed, they are illiterates, uneducated and charlatans who do not know the difference between terrorism and self-determination…

  4. alain 17th July 2017 at 10:08 am

    Why should Yerima made that statement of not wanting to do anything with IPOB immediately after his meeting with Mazi Okechukwu Isigusoro? What did Mazi told him about IPOB. This Mazi Okechukwu look as if he was sent to Yerima by Uwazurike as to see if we can look back at them. Their time is up. Tell Uwazurike we are not going back until he return all the money Okorocha gave you as a package from the northerners. In short, Mazi Okechukwu Isigusoro is under IPOB investigation now. We don’t need saboteur in Igbo land again. I think, we should start confronting our governors and collaborators so the North can see reason to stop bribing our Governors for 2019. We should start moving against any one seeing destroying the standing order of the IPOB memebers. We are the true IPOB, and we do not need third party in this struggle. The land Abia state has been betrayed by Uwazurike’s offspring, so we are not going to allow that to happen again. If others do not want Biafra, Abia state simply want it by all means to be on their own period. We are not fool like Uwazurike and so called politicians. Tel Uwazurike to drop his selfish ambition for the North and Yorubas have been leading us like cows, flogging us at the back all the time in the heat for us to move right and move left like a sticky cow going to the slaughter. We will not accept or agree to remain in Nigeria after Buhari insulted our father’s the Eze Kanu. He didn’t respect a traditional king and so we will not respect them anymore. Do not respect or trust any one. Give us Biafra that all.

  5. Ogom Igboneme 17th July 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I am surprised that some Igbo youths had time to go and discuss with some almajari called arewa youths who issued quit notice to our people in the north and threatened violence against those that will remain behind after the expiration of the notice.I hope these youths are not idle and jobless like the arewa youths. Our people should realise that northerners always renege on agreements they enter into. For example, Gowon reneged on agreements he reached with Eze Gburugburu in Aburi and then led jihad against Igbo in Biafra. Igbo youths should not meet with law breakers that ought to be in detention if Nigeria were a just nation. These foolish arewa youths will know our importance after we quit.

  6. Dr. Uche Kalu 17th July 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The so called AREWA is a Caliphate of Sokoto Organization and therefore,it is purely an exclusive Fulani Muslim Cult with no Indigennous Northerrners like the Afizeres,Anagutas,Bauchis, Beroms,Eggons, Idomas,
    Igalas, Iyems, Jukuns, Kofyars,Tivs et al, as members.
    Thus,AREWA neither speaks for the entire People of the North nor does it represents the interest of those
    oppressed Minority Indigenous Christians of the North,who are daily victims of pogroms and ethnic cleansings
    with genocidal intents by the Fulani Herdsmen and Militias.
    The Bororos,Falatas,Fulas, Fulbe,or Fulanis whatever they call themselves are neo-colonialist sojourners here in our fatherland.What the Fulanis are here in Nigeria is what the Boars are in South Africa. Both are sojourners
    in a foreign land.
    Therefore the quit order by the Fulani AREWA is an affront and a collective insult to all Indigenous Nirgerians,
    Quas(Kwas) and Bantus alike.It is indeed akin to the Boars (Afrikaans) sojourner of South Africa issuing a quit order to the Native African Bantus,the Zulus for an example,to leave the Cape Province of South Africa.
    The Boko Haram Jihadists,the Fulani Herdsmen and Militias,who are sponsored by the Caliphate of Sokoto, are known all over the world as terrorist groups.
    But all Members of IPOB are devout Igbo Christians,who abhor violence and have never ever killed a fly not to talk of killing their fellow human beings.IPOB agitations have so far been very peacefull and non-violent.
    Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is as of today,a de facto Leader of Ndigbo of the South East,that is,of Biafra.We true
    Biafrans are neither irredentist nor do we seek to copt and annex Igbos outside the boundry of our current South East Zone.Our current Biafra is Igbo and Igbo will be the Lingua Franca of Ndigbo of Biafra.
    However,we Biafrans have got three categories of Igbos,who are defined by their Political affiliations like:
    1.Biafran Igbos are members of APGA ( the Party founded by our Avatar,Ikemba Emeka Ojukwu).May His
    Nobel Soul Repose In Eternal Peace.Amen!
    Only in an Idependent Sovereign State of Biafra,can we Biafrans honour and cherish the loving memories of our fallen Biafran heroes, or the memories of those murdered in cold blood and those made to starve to death by
    the enemies of Nigbo,who up till today still love to hate us Ndigbo with passion.They are scared of Biafra.Lol!!
    2.The Biafran Igbos of PDP, who are there to help maintain and sustain the status quo of Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony, as along as they part-take in the ongoing loot and share our N’Delta vast oil and gas revenues with our Fulani Overlords.
    The PDP Igbos are rottenly corrupt , greedy and morally depraved lots,who leave our down-trodden masses to wallow in sqaulor and abject poverty.They want to make our noble hard working Igbo folk,a beggar folk like the
    lazy Hausa/Fulani muslim beggar folks of the muslim North.
    3.The Igbo-Awusas of Biafra,who are mostly Igbo Khakis of APC,the likes of Alhaji Okorocha of Imo and his cohorts and the Wawa Igbos of Ebonyi and Enugu led by Mazi Elechi and Nnamani respectively.These Igbo quislings and reprobates are wont to Islamize and sell Ala-Igbo to Ndi-Nama.There are a curse and an inpendiment to our struggle for our Idependent Sovereign State of Biafra.
    ” Ma na Chukwu ga akpa ha oku.Ndia na acho anyi Ndigbo ife.Ofo ga ejide ha nile!”
    No to the the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra!!!

  7. patrick Nnanna 17th July 2017 at 2:22 pm

    All the meetings that is being held between Arewa and Ohaneze youths is the conspiracy of Ralph Uwazuruike using Mazi Okechukwu as an errand Boy.Uwazuruike is too desperate to be recognised othewise he prefer to destroy any good vision.He recently appeared in one of the newspapers to list down his archievements.He should understand that in any struggle, many groups are abound to operate,why is he so loud and angry about IPOB.He has MASSOB and BIM, he may even try to open up Biafra television if Radio Biafra is his problem .The Romance he is secretly having with Arewa including El-Mustapha is just that proof that Igbos can never win any political war just offer them money.Mazi Okechukwu should watch his back very well.He may end up a traitor.But traitors are never honored irrespective of their efforts and archievements.

    On the Arewa calling on UN to declare IPOB a terrorist group,i am happy that somebody has answered them by telling them that people in UN are not illitrates like them otherwise the present Nigerian government led by Buhari should have been long time declared a terrorist government.Reasons Buhari and some other Nothern leaders conspired to form this group which metarmophosed to Boko Haram.Buhari`s led govt has supported a terrorist group Nigerians mistakenly called herdsmen.Arms and weapons are being imported into Nigeria on monthly basis from Iran through Kano and nothing was said by the president.The same weapon is what they are sharing to the terrorists to go about and freely killing innocent citizens in numbers without any reaction from govt, and many other terrorist acts against the innocent christians at the watch of a sitting government.What could be more of a terrorist govt than these actions.

  8. ochendo 18th July 2017 at 5:25 am

    if the intent of the meeting(which should be enlarged to have other groups across the regions)is prelude to arms-free separation then it is welcome.anything outside this context is a foolish dance step.help me tell mazi okwu to school himself in history.if he is not looking for appointment he should discuss the real subject-a peacefull disintegration.if he fails I can tell him that in the next 30yrs or more he might start regretting.mazi okwu should know that Nigeria has never worked and will never ever.I hope he heard jerry gana and the middle belt youth forum loud and clear as to know the identity of the so called arewa youths.mazi okwu,I wish I know you one on one.if you are the true son of the ‘rising sun’ stand firm on your feet,shine and illuminate the space with ideas and constructive engagement like we did at Aburi.do not fail your fathers,your generation and your children.

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