Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths have demanded the unconditional release of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement on Saturday released by its National Publicity Secretary, Chika Art Adiele, the group also called for the release of other detained Igbos across various detention facilities in the country.
Adiele submitted that the immediate release of the detainees will guarantee sustained peace in the South Eastern region. He noted that these are some of the resolutions approved at the emergency National Executive Council meeting on Friday.
“We boldly restate the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all Igbo detainees languishing in different cells across the country with immediate effect,” he said.
Adiele added that the suspended National Youth leader of the group, Engr Damian Okafor, has been fully reinstated with all the rights and privileges of his office.
The group’s spokesman said the decision to recall the youth leader was due to intervention from prominent Igbo leaders.
Adiele, however, said the group urged Okafor to use his office to enlighten the youths of the region about the dangers of drugs abuse.
He said: “The unfortunate decision to suspend our National Youth Leader, Engr Damian Okafor, is hereby cancelled and he is fully reinstated with all the rights and privileges of the office of the National Youth Leader.
“He should constitute a committee within 7 days on drugs and substance abuse by our fellow youths and also proffer a realistic template for the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims and escalate the advocacy on the dangers of drugs, especially the commonly used one otherwise known as (Mkpulummili) Meth.
“As a civilized people, we frown at the inhuman and extrajudicial method of caning victims in public space, hereby violating their fundamental human rights, as we believe that such punishment is archaic and anachronistic.”
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