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Presumed IPOB Founder, Justice Eze Ozobu denounces Radio Biafra and Nnamdi Kanu,as Igbo Mandate Congress Seeks Release of Protesters



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The presumed founder of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra(IPOB), Retired  Justice Eze Ozobu has denounced the hate speeches and incitement to aggression as being portrayed by persons under the guise of Radio Biafra.

Speaking with the Rev Obinna Aklukwe, Director General of  Igbo MandateCongress (IMC)  who sought his views as part of the group’s ongoing  consultations with Igbo leaders on how to put an end to hate speeches characterizing the new face of Radio Biafra, Justice EzeOzobu said that he doesn’t even know the person called Nnamdi Kanu.
According to the respected Octogenarian, ‘ I do not know anybody called Nnamdi Kanu. You said  that his name is what? how does he look like? I have neverasked anybody to use violence or incitement to achieve any means. “
Justice Eze Ozobu told Rev Akukwe that  “for two years now I havenot had audience with anybody over any matter political  including  IPOB, Radio Biafra or any other group,neither do Ilisten to Radio Biafra.”   He threatenedto take legal actions against anybody who associates him with any hate speech,aggression and unruly activities in any ramifications.

The wife of Justice Eze Ozobu,, a retired permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs also lashed out at those associating her husband with hate speeches as name droppers.

Osodieme Chief Mrs Eze Ozobu told Rev Akukwe that  ” IPOB, Radio Biafra or whosoever have not seen my husband for over two years, therefore nobody can claim that he sent them on any mission. They are dropping his name without consulting him”  Describing her husband as a man of principle and peace ,she  sued for peace among the Igbos and advised the aggrieved to do so within the ambit of truth, justice and rule of law.

IPOB had claimed that His Royal Majesty, Retired Justice Eze Ozobu (OFR) was their founder with the designation of   Chairman Governing Council  of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra with Dr Dozie Ikedife as the Secretary.
Justice Eze Ozobu was the Chief Judge of Enugu State formany years. It is on record that his tenure as President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was the most transparent. He is a foremost respectable Igbo Jurist whose incorruptible stature is likened to that of his friend, late  Justice Chukwudifu Oputa.

Igbo Mandate Congress has condemned the hate speeches associated with Radio Biafra. This was part of the resolutions of the  emergencymeeting held  in Enugu to evaluate the implication of the Indigenous Peoples ofBiafra (IPOB) successful protest march in Onitsha, Asaba, Owerri and Yenegoa onFriday. The group described the hate speeches as contrary to the spirit of Biafra.  RevAkukwe explained that” abusing the Hausa, the Fulani, and the Yoruba in thecourse of pursuing Biafra is anti-Christian. Christianity cannot support thedissemination of hate messages against fellow living beings created by God, and nobody chose which tribe to come from. It is God that created all. Anybody or group that wants Biafrashould pursue it within the ambit of reasonable processes and internationalconventions” Clarifying further, Akukwe said that “since1999 Igbos have occupied positions of Senate Presidency, Deputy SenatePresidency, Party Chairmanship, Secretary to
the Government of Nigeria, and yetthe all important Enugu-Onitsha Highway, Enugu-Nsukka  Highway from Opi to9th Mile and Enugu-Port-Harcourt Highway from the Okigwe end  are the worst roads in Nigeria due to their selfish representationsat the center. While other regions are being developed, South East politicians embezzled their lot and they are now using a people’s aspiration to cover up for crime.
“These political bandits failed to ensure thatthese roads were repaired from the Obasanjo through to the Jonathan regime,preferring to pursue contracts and appointments. We should blame our corruptIgbo leadership first for our woes and make them to account for years ofselfish superintendent over our destinies before blaming outside accomplices.”
Rev Akukwe averred further that “The Federal Government should release Nnamdi Kanu, and all IPOB protesters with immediate effect. Ben Onwuka of Biafra Zionist Movement and his members languishing in Enugu Prisons and all MASSOB members in detention should be granted amnesty and sent home  because manyof them are victims of corrupt governance at the center fueled by corrupt and  incompetent political representations from the South East.”
The Abia State Coordinator of IIgbo MandateCongress and founding Secretary General of Ohanaeze Youths Council , ComradeChuks Ibegbu in his submissions said that “we must be careful with these protestsin order not to be used by selfish elements because there is not muchdifference between these agitations and the money making sentiments used byMASSOB leader Uwazurike over the years. Our people must be careful not to bedragged into another conflict driven by self interests.Security agencies shouldrelease the misguided elements that joined the protests due to bandwagoneffects.”
Ohanaeze Ndigo had also cautioned on the activities of IPOB. The AssistantNational Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Co-ordinator of IgboOhanaeze Integrity Groups, Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu has said that thosesponsoring the agitations are Igbo politicians afraid of EFCC prosecution. Ohanaeze Spokesman told Igbo Mandate Congress members that ”  evil minded politicians afraid of prosecution are sponsoring aspects of IPOB protest march. These people should be cautioned before it is too late. Arrested protesters should be counseled and sent home and the use of force should be discouraged”

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