Publicity Secretary of Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze, Alex Ogboannaya, has slammed a coalition of Northern groups for placing a bounty on the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The PUNCH had reported that a coalition of 75 northern groups under the aegis of Northern Consensus Movement on Thursday, placed a bounty of N100 for anybody who could provide information on Kanu’s whereabouts and aid his ‘capture’ by law enforcement agencies.
The NCM specifically accused Kanu and IPOB militant wing, Eastern Security Network, of masterminding the recent spate of attacks on northern communities in the South-East. The move by the NCM came one week after the Igbo Elders Council alleged that more than 5,000 Igbo youths had been killed and over 10,000 others thrown into detention camps in the ongoing special security operation in the South-East.
The spokesperson for NCM, Dr Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, during the press briefing, urged the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to facilitate Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria to face treasonable charges against him.
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH in an exclusive interview, Ogbonnaya, said, “I congratulate the Northern Coalition Movement for thinking about Nigeria, but if they want to be fair, they should place N100m bounty on the heads of leaders of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, ISWAP, and other non-state actors, who are known to be terrorists. As you know, Ohanaeze does not agree that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a terrorist group.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not the issue here. There is a major issue of selective justice when you focus on one and leave another.
Igbos all over have been complaining of injustice. No matter the millions of dollars placed on Nnamdi Kanu, it cannot stop agitation from the South-East.”
He blamed the issue of agitations on the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
According to him, when all the appointments are being manned by one section, then, that is not showing federal character.
What the region needs are justice and peaceful dialogue with the Federal Government. If this is done, all these issues of agitations and secession coming from the region will cease. Our advice to the NCM is to direct their agitations to the appropriate authorities,” he added.
Also reacting, Senator Sani, who represented Kaduna Central at the 8th National Assembly, faulted the move by the NCM, stating that the group should have channelled their efforts towards ending the terrorism and banditry currently ravaging their region.
The former lawmaker made the remark on Friday in a post on his official Facebook page.