Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, monday berated the promoters of outlawed Radio Biafra over what it described as “their penchant for telling lies and causing disaffection among the people.”
The group expressed dismay that rather than feed the people with the truth, the station had continued to saturate the airwaves with hate messages and lies aimed at inciting the Igbo people of the South-east and South-south geo-political zones against themselves.
In a statement issued by the organisation’s Secretary General, Dr. Joe Nworgu, Ohanaeze cautioned those behind Radio Biafra to apply decorum and project the truth in their struggle for Biafra, stressing that their penchant for lies and deceit would never help their struggle.
Ohanaeze’s position followed the news that had saturated the airwaves by Radio Biafra since Saturday that Ohanaeze leadership had aborted the actualisation of Biafra.
The station was further quoted to have said that “some white men from America who came to deliver the United Nation’s certificate of recognition and independence of the Republic of Biafra had after meeting with Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu last Friday, withdrawn the certificate.
Reacting to the development, Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Nworgu, described the purported visit of the delegation from the United Nations as a ruse, stressing that the meeting the leadership of the body held in Enugu had nothing to do with the independence of Biafra.
“Since a few days ago when Radio Biafra carried the news item that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo had aborted the actualisation of Biafra as a country, numerous text messages and telephone calls have been received by the Secretary General, Nworgu.
“The alleged visit by some white people from America to hold a meeting with Ndigbo through Ohanaeze with the intent of delivering a United Nation’s certificate of recognition and independence of the Republic of Biafra is a ruse. The news item is a mere fabrication and is ill-motivated,” the statement said.
Ohanaeze explained that on Friday, February 26, “the new United States Consul General in Nigeria, John Bray and his team had a meeting with Ohanaeze Ndigbo at Nike lake hotel. This was part of His Excellency’s familiarisation tour of the country. He was in the southeast. He had meetings with the governors in the various states. In Enugu, the headquarters of Ohaaneze, he had a meeting with us on Igbo perception of Nigeria. This meeting is what has been distorted to be “some white men from Africa came to give Biafrans independence. Of course, this cannot be the process of granting anybody independence.”
Appealing to the radio station and Igbo youngmen and women to be analytical in their utterances and be cautious in their actions, he stated that the US Consul –General had visited other zones before the southeast, insisting that youths of the areas visited never misread the visit.
It stated that neither the President of the youth wing of Ohaaneze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, was in the meeting nor any other youth of Igbo extraction.
“The Radio Biafra people should please take time to investigate before airing. It is wrong to air outright falsehood and outright fabrication. This is not the way forward. He who goes to equity must come with clean hands. Radio Biafra should not air untruth,” the statement added.
It stated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo had also not had any meeting with the President on Biafra, while restating her earlier stand for the unconditional release of Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kalu.
Ohanaeze called on the promoters of the Radio Biafra to tender an unreserved apology to the person of Dr. Joe Nworgu as well as retract the libel for their uninvestigated intemperate outburst.