Chief Nwodo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo rip Yoruba group AOKOYA's anti-Igbo accusations apart, set things straight | - Awareness Media Ng Chief Nwodo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo rip Yoruba group AOKOYA's anti-Igbo accusations apart, set things straight 2020 - Awareness Media Ng
Chief Nwodo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo rip Yoruba group AOKOYA's anti-Igbo accusations apart, set things straight

Chief Nwodo And Ohanaeze Ndigbo Rip Yoruba Group AOKOYA's Anti-Igbo Accusations Apart, Set Things Straight

Yesterday the Awareness broke the story on how the Yoruba socio-political group AOKOYA accused the Igbo of destroying Yoruba economic assets during the ongoing EndSARS  protests and subsequent violence. [ Click ehere for that report ]

This comes after the leader of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was allegedly accused of  ordering for the destruction of properties belonging to the people of South-West geopolitical zone - something Kanu has denied.

In any case, we also pointed out that many other groups such  as Ohanaeze Ndigbo rubbished the AOKOYA report immediately.

Today we have gone a little further and laid our hands on  Chief John Nwodo President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo  complete response  entitled : "Alleged destruction of Yoruba economic assets" which tears the AOKOYA claim into tatters by exposing so many fallacies and misrepresentations.
It reads:

" The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio- cultural and Political body of Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a press statement issued by a Pan Yoruba Group, the Apapo O'Odua Koya ( AOKOYA) on the on-going youth uprising in Nigeria particularly in Lagos as it relates to Ndigbo youths.

"We find the statement disheartening not necessarily because of the untruth in its sentiment but that it's obviously being engineered and targeted at the age long good relationship between the Igbo and the Yoruba.

" Ohanaeze strongly believes that the press statement is craftily drafted showing a skillful use of underhand tactics to achieve a set goal which in this case is to set Yoruba against Ndigbo.

" We are ready to vehemently resist this in our time knowing the historical affinity of these two great ethnic groups dating back to the days of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe through to the famous hand shake across the Niger propagated by our iconic leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu.

" This spontaneous relationship built by our forefathers over the years has been strengthened in the last three years by the political emancipation movement, being propelled by the Southern And Middle Belt leadership Forum ( SMBLF) made up of four ethno- political bodies of Ndigbo, in the South East, Afenifere in the South West, PANDEF in the South South and the Middle Belt Forum in the North Central Nigeria.

"Ohanaeze feels based on intelligence available to it that the motive of this disturbing statement is not only to over take the mileage covered by this group in setting their people free from the hegemonic bondage but to ensure its destruction.

"Ndigbo are focused and unequivocal about what they want in a contemporary Nigeria as already articulated in the terms of engagement of this group which is to restructure Nigeria for a true federal system where Justice and equity will reign. We therefore wish to refute any position being ascribed to Ndigbo even if such position is being adduced by an Igbo that is not within the realm of the struggle to free Nigeria as encapsulated in the terms of agreement of this ethnic nationalities.

"Ohanaeze will therefore wish to urge the Yoruba and indeed the rest of Nigeria to disregard any outburst from anybody as coming from Ndigbo that is not as succinctly captured in the terms of agreement of the ethnic nationalities.

"It's therefore against this backdrop that Ohanaeze Ndigbo wishes to vehemently deny the allegation of Igbo youth involvement in Lagos #Endsars protest as part of a grand design to destroy Yoruba economy. For the obvious reason of having most of their businesses scattered all over the country particularly in Lagos, knocks out the thinking of an Igbo setting out to destroy another person's economy. Only a fool living in a glass house uses stone to settle scores.

"Already, as it had always been during every crisis in Nigeria, Igbo businesses are target as happened last Tuesday in Abuja when car depots, belonging to Igbos was set ablaze by hoodlums. Ohanaeze believes and empirically too that Ndigbo youths underlying reasons for getting involved in the on-going #Endsars protests is not anything different from the reasons of other youths in Nigeria which borders on aggravated neglect of Nigeria youths due to poor governance rooted in dubious political structure.

"We therefore wish to urge the Yoruba ethnic group to disregard the position being pushed by the AOKOYA because it's not based on facts and reality on ground.

" Finally, we wish to state that Ohanaeze is also outraged by the vituperative and inciting outrage of the leader of IPOB on the #ENDSARS activities in Lagos and disassociate the body completely from them."

The Ohaneze response has since gathered tons of support on various platforms by both Yoruba and Igbo groups and social media users and  many thanked  Chief John Nwodo for looking past then ethnic divide that haunts almost every aspect of Nigerian life and setting things straight.

In conclusion in breaking news the apex Yoruba group Oduduwa Nation has also thrown its weight behind Nwodo and rubbished AOKOYA's  claims even further

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. See  its latest Tweet below:

AOKOYA has yet to respond and many believe it may take a while.

Photo > Courtesy BBC

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