7 October 2017
By James Ojo
Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Friday berated the decision of the Nigerian army to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu as a terrorist organization, insisting the group was right in demanding for justice and equity.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, the Ooni of Ife renamed the group Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria, IPOBN.
The monarch, who visited the state to celebrate the new yam festival with Chairman of South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eberechi Dick, asserted that rather than chiding those calling for agitations; efforts should be made to address their grievances.
According to him, “There is something that is bothering them; there is something that is making them to cry.
“We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer because the youth of this country are the future, the energy, they are the heartbeat of this country.”
Supporting the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on restructuring, Ogunwusi said the Yoruba share the same view on the way forward for a better and all-inclusive Nigeria.
He said: “We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this.
“We stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you; we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration.”
In his remark, Ikpeazu said he was honoured to host the revered traditional ruler.
He went on to extol the monarch for being in tune with national issues and making positive contributions for national rebirth.
”I am a firm believer that this country is strong today because of its diversity.
“The problem confronting Nigeria remains the inability to harness the potentials and weld together the diversities to create a strong, united country,” he added.