The Ohaneze Ndigbo has lamented the treated of Biafra agitators in the hands of security operatives while claiming that Boko Haram terrorists and militants are treated with kid gloves.
Vanguard reports that the leadership of the apex Igbo group said the federal government should listen to the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) instead of treating them bad.
Chief, John Nwodo who is the president of the group spoke when he visited Igbo residents in Port Harcourt and said Biafra agitators were treated with hatred.
He wondered why the agitators will be arrested and killed while Boko Haram terrorists and Niger Delta Avengers have not been prosecuted.
He said: ”I extend my hand to the MASSOB and IPOB members to work with us. I understand your frustrations, your plights and impatience. Inspite of the reproach they have used to oppress you, you have remained calm.
“Come home, your father has listening ears. I feel bad about how our youths are treated. I know of the Boko Haram terrorising the North-Eastern part of the country. They conquered and displaced community authorities and hoisted their flag, invariably announcing their own country but I have not heard of any of them that was arrested.
“I know of the Niger Delta Avengers who are angry as the MASSOB and IPOB and are destroying oil facilities. I don’t know any of them that has been arrested. What has IPOB done to be treated differently?
“The fact that we have not joined them means that they have not received our cheers because we still believe that the FG can still handle the situation. I call on the Federal Government to have a rethink on how they handle the issues of IPOB and MASSOB. If they treat them as they have treated others, they will have a rethink.”
He called on Igbo people to be united as the region has been long ignored.
“I am appealing to all Igbo to be united. I feel that dissipating our strength will not help any of us.”