The Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-political organization claimed on Monday, in response to his ongoing detention, that Fredrick Nwajagu, the Eze Igbo of Ajao Estate, was making light of his remark inviting the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, to Lagos State.
In order to achieve this, Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, were asked by Ohanaeze’s Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, to make Nwajagu’s release possible.
Isiguzoro suggested that, for the sake of racial harmony and reconciliation, Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu should make Nwajagu’s release a reality.
Remember that following the attacks on Igbo-populated marketplaces in the state, Nwajagu called IPOB to Lagos State, which led to his imprisonment after the 2023 governorship election.
Weeks after the election, the Eze-Igbo has still not been released despite several requests.
Isiguzoro, however, asserted that Nwajagu merely made a joke similar to the one Musiliu Akinsanya, well known as MC Oluomo, the previous chairman of the Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, made during the election.
Speaking with Newsmen, Isiguzoro said: “The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is still worried that a traditional ruler, Nze-Igbo, in Lagos State, who was only cracking jokes, has not been released.
“He has told us through his emissary that he was only cracking a joke, and we want to tell the governor of Lagos State and the President-elect that Igbos are begging on behalf of Eze-Igbo that they should facilitate his release because he was only cracking a joke like MC Oluomo.
“Igbos were asked to support Sanwo-Olu after much consultations with Umahi, Ikpeazu, and Wike, who said it’s in Igbos’ interest to support Sanwo-Olu, so in the light of the foregoing, Sanwo-Olu should start the national healing process by facilitating Nze-Igbo’s release who has been abandoned in detention and has confirmed that he just cracked a joke.
“IPOB does not exist in the Southwest; they are only in the Southeast. There is no way IPOB will go to the Southwest to cause havoc. If the police can forgive MC Oluomo because what he said was a joke, then they should release Eze-Igbo because it’s a joke, he should not remain in detention till May. We are pleading for Asiwaju and Sanwo-Olu to intervene in the spirit of national reconciliation that the traditional ruler should be released.”
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