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Whilst IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was in court with his supporters, thousands  of Students from the south east part of the country under the auspices of  Ohaneze  Ndi’gbo Students Forum on Monday besieged the streets of Abuja pledging their unalloyed loyalty to the unity and oneness of the Nigerian State.

The students who trooped into the FCT en mass from the various higher institutions in the country after they had embarked on an intellectual debate at Awka to endorse the leadership style of President Muhammadu Buhari, specially saluted the President for the ongoing efforts of his administration in the south east to rapidly develop the region whilst security is at best to aid the economic lifestyle of the people.

The students charged the President never to hesitate drafting the military to support the Police in carrying out civic responsibilities in the interest of the citizenry of the region who are business men carrying huge sums of money on a daily basis.

Addressing the rally at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, President of Ohaneze Ndi’gbo Students Forum, Comrade Osisioma Osikenyi Igwe said Ndi’gbos made grave mistakes in the past, but are not prepared to repeat same mistakes.

He said Ndi’gbo students and youths have come to the inevitable conclusion to embrace change collectively.

Igwe urged Southeasterners, particularly, MASSOB and IPOB who are  incensed about a  Biafran republic to extinguish the idea, urging them to now devote their energies in working assiduously to support the APC-led government of President Buhari  to place the region  on pedestal to fully consummate the niceties of politics and governance at God’s appointed time.

He said, “We  have chosen to  become part of the change agents,  by  impressing  on our people to sight the bright future Nigeria offers every ethnic nationality, most especially Igbo nation  under the God-fearing and de-tribalized leader, President Buhari. We must bury our mundane thoughts that have tethered us to retrogressive sentiments for ages.

The students apologized to President Buhari, the national leadership of the APC and all stakeholders of the party for the embarrassment caused them by the threats of MASSOB and IPOB to disrupt the Pro-Buhari rally in Awka.

He said the students are confident that such misguided thoughts and utterances would never be heard from the Southeast anymore.

Igwe said people of Igbo extraction often lament marginalization and injustice, but hardly spare time to reflect and arrive at genuine, cogent measures to extricate themselves from these entanglements.

Author: Yemi Olarinre