The Association of South-East Town Union (ASETU) has bemoaned the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) by the Federal Government.
The foremost Igbo socio-cultural group, in a press statement signed by its National President Emeka Diwe, and Secretary, Gideon Adikwuru, accused the government of being the enabler, facilitator and cause of Biafra agitation that is widespread in Igboland.
The reason, according to the release, was because the northern oligarchs have continued to see the Igbos as vassals and have ensured a continued marginalization of the ethnic group, using a joint union.
It continued, “the flurry of Biafrans you see is the symptom of a disease afflicted on Ndigbo by the northern oligarchs, who have, through their words and deeds, taken Nigeria as the estate of their forefathers and who unrepentantly treat other Nigerians, especially the Igbos, as their serfs.
“Arresting Nnamdi Kanu without first arresting the atrocities of this class of individuals, is completely meaningless. In effect, the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu does not mean the arrest of Biafra, since the forces and factors that lend appeal to the messages of the detained leader, have remained unchecked.
“In other words, the Nigerian authorities have embarked on a wide goose chase. They are also treating the symptoms while ignoring the disease. This is unhelpful.
“The continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu has further exposed the discriminatory character of the criminal justice administration in Nigeria. The manner of his arrest, which has violated timeless international protocols and even the municipal laws of Kenya and Nigeria on the extradition, implies that justice has been denied the IPOB leader from the start.
“Yet, the World Terror Index (WTI) has classified Miyetti Allah as the fourth deadliest terror organization in the world. And indeed, they have lived up to the terror tag.
“On a daily basis, Fulani herdsmen kill people. They rape our women,l. They sack our communities. They destroy our farmlands and our vegetation. Our livelihoods are now sorely imperiled by the activities of the killer herdsmen. Yet, their leaders are in Abuja, fouling up the streets in long convoys and being protected by Nigerian security operatives.
“No single herdsman has ever been arrested, not to mention being punished for the atrocities against our poor rural dwellers. This is unfair, unjust and reprehensive.
“We now live in a country where no Igboman can rise up to become President in his own country. Yet, our people have made more contributions to the development of the country than all the other ethnic formations put together.
“Ndigbo are unarguably the adhesive that holds Nigeria together, yet those ruling the country have never accepted us.
“Which other zone in the country has five states? Only in the South East! How many rail lines are currently being done in Igbo soil? None!
“The modus operandi of Nnamdi Kanu may not be acceptable to everyone, but he is not the cause of Nigeria’s problem. He is not even the only propagator of Biafranism, many others are still active in the pursuit of Biafra.
“We have severally put a challenge to remedy all the injustices against Ndigbo and watch the agitations for secession disappear the next day. That is the only way to arrest Biafra, not by arresting Nnamdi Kanu.”