By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The rivalry between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the apex Igbo socio cultural Organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo was resolved following the intervention of an elder statesman, Chief Mbazulije Amechi.
Amechi who spoke to journalists at his country home of Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State after the peace meeting said that both bodies were working for the welfare of Ndigbo.
He described as unecessary any form of altercation between Ohaneze Ndigbo and IPOB, saying that part of the resolution from the meeting was the demand for de-proscription of IPOB.
He expressed joy over the withdrawal threat by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu of stoning Chief Nnia Nwodo as well as agreeing to work harmoniously with Ohaneze Ndigbo for the interest of the South East.
The First Republic Aviation Minister said, “I summoned the two bodies of Ohaneze Ndigbo and IPOB to express my displeasure with what I have been reading in the newspapers about Kanu giving orders for the stoning of Chief Nwodo by IPOB.
I’m happy that even before this my peace meeting, Kanu has retracted the statement. We therefore appeal to Nwodo to accept the retraction and get it off his mind as IPOB has agreed to work with them.
“The two bodies realizing that it is the same battle they are fighting, marginalization, killings and denial of Federal Government to develop South East and Igbo land in general have agreed to work together for the welfare of Ndigbo.”
He called on Governors and State Houses of Assembly in the region to kick off action towards lifting the ban.
In his speech, IPOB representative, Aloy Ejimakor said he was at the meeting with the blessings and instructions of his clients, just as he thanked Amaechi who he said was not a stranger to what he was doing having been once declared a terrorist.
While comfirming the retraction of Kanu’s threats on the Ohaneze boss, he described it as a statement made at the heat of the moment.
“There was a synergy between us and the Ohaneze. Nobody is leaving this place with acrimony. There’s peace in Igbo land. Anybody coming in to take advantage of some leadership crises in Igbo land is actually making a mistake.
“The Igbos are united and love themselves, otherwise, they couldn’t have sustained themselves for the 3-year civil war. Whoever saying anything contrary is sowing a seed of discord”, he added.
Ejimakor harped on the need for regional security, saying that such would not be achievable without the de-proscription of the pro-Biafran body. It has to participate as the muscle of building the security.”
On his part, Ohaneze state chairman, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene who spoke on behalf of Ohaneze Ndigbo President said the body endorsed all that were contained in the communique.
“Those who thought our fences are fallen will know that the fences are much stronger than they thought”, he stated.
Recall that Ohaneze and IPOB had been at loggerheads over the farmer’s style of handling issues concerning Igbo but the recent threat by Kanu took the underlying rivalry to another level.