Kano: “Appeal Court judgment: “Be neutral” – Ohanaeze to Igbos

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged Igbo residents in Kano State to exercise utmost caution and remain neutral amid the on-going political uncertainties and tensions.

With pro and anti-protests surrounding the judgment of the Appeal Court, Ohanaeze advised Igbo residents in the State against participating in any of the protests.

Recall that the appellate court had sacked Governor Yusuf and declared Gawuna as the duly elected governor of the State. However, the Certified True Copy of the judgment showed that the court affirmed the victory of Yusuf. However, the Appeal Court dismissed it, attributing it to typographical error.

Some supporters of the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), to which Yusuf belonged, had thereafter taken to the streets to protest the judgment of the court.

However, Ohanaeze said the possibility of these planned protests escalating into full-scale violence and political warfare is a cause for concern.

The apex Igbo body, in a statement issued by the factional Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, called on all Igbo residents to take preventive measures, including closing down their businesses, in the event of a breakdown of law and order in Kano, adding that “this will help safeguard Igbo properties and prevent the destruction of their goods within Kano State”.

“Distress calls from Kano indicate that the political godfathers of the rival parties must restrain their followers and encourage them to abide by the law, maintaining peace and order. Failure to manage these Kano rival protests appropriately could jeopardise our democracy.

“We must protect our interests and preserve the peace. By remaining neutral, we demonstrate our commitment to the safety and prosperity of our people. Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges all Igbos in Kano to prioritise their well-being and contribute to the stability of the region”, he stated.

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