Igbo Civil Society Coalition (ICSCO) on Saturday appealed to Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to reconsider its stand on the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
IPOB and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have been campaigning vigorously for the total boycott of the Anambra governorship election, slated for November this year.
But rising from a meeting in Enugu, the coalition, which comprises of Igbo activists, civil society organizations, professional bodies, faith based organizations and town unions, appealed to IPOB to re-consider its stand with regards to boycotting the election.
In a communiqué released to journalists after the meeting, signed by the National Coordinator, Professor Obasi Igwe and Convener, Mazi Bismarck Oji, ICSCO further urged all parties involved in the election to come together as Ndigbo in order to build concensus on the issue and engender peace and unity of purpose in Igboland (Ala-Igbo).
On the National Assembly Constitution Amendment, ICSCO expressed dismay at the National Assembly’s inability to align itself with the obvious wishes of Nigerians cutting across partisan, ethno-religious and socio-economic lines, that Nigeria should be restructured so that there would be devolution of powers from the Federal Government to federating units.
In the interest of national stability and socio-economic advancement of the country, ICSCO urged the National Assembly to re-consider its stand on devolution of powers from the Federal Government to the federating units (regions).
The group maintained that unless power was devolved, Nigeria would never be able to attain economic advancement or political stability since the “Feeding bottle” federalism practised in Nigeria today is an aberration and does not make room for the development of the federating units based on areas of comparative advantage.
The group also observed with dismay that Arewa Youths have refused to withdraw the Quit Notice they issued to Ndigbo despite interventions of well meaning Nigerians, even from their region, but rather, have continued to issue hate speeches, threats and ultimatums.
“The other time, they asked the Federal Government to declare IPOB a terrorist organization. Last time, they descended heavily on the Acting President- Prof Yemi Osibanjo, who despite all his humility and loyalty, they claimed was plotting to unseat his principal-President Buhari. Now, they are giving the same Acting President an ultimatum to arrest Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
“It is obvious that these youths want to force Nigeria into war at all cost. If not, what is the rationale behind asking for Kanu’s arrest because he is asking for Referendum when they insist that there will never be Restructuring. They should realize that IPOB has the sympathy of a vast majority of Ndigbo as a group which has stoutly challenged President Buhari’s policy of Igbo exclusion( no longer marginalization” ICSCO stated.