- The claims by northern youths that Senator Ike Ekweremadu visited Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are not true
- This is the position of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in the south east
- They stated that it was the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader who visited the deputy Senate president
The coalition of south east-based civil society organisations have faulted claims by the Coalition of Northern Youths in its letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo against the deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
According to Leadership, the groups described the letter as “dishonest and factually defective.”
The groups stated that contrary to the claim by the northern counterparts, it was Kanu who visited Ekweremadu and the south east Senate caucus to thank them for their role in his release.
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The statement signed by Emeka Umeagbalasi and Barrister Florence Akubilo also rejected the part of the letter, which referred to the 15th January 1966 coup as Igbo coup.
The groups however commended the northern youths for recognising the rights of all constituent parts of Nigeria to self-determination in line with the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights of 1981 and United Nations Covenants on Civil & Political Rights and Economic, Social & Cultural Rights of 1976.
“The continued reference to that unfortunate event as an Igbo coup is a continuation of the pogrom-inducing propaganda of some northern elements.
“It is borne out of deep-seated hatred and vendetta and evocation of genocidal sentiments against the Igbo race,” the statement read.
Recently, Ekweremadu was shortlisted among other prominent Igbo politicians to run for president in 2019 by a coalition of Igbo groups.
The Igbo groups, which shortlisted the personalities include; the World Igbo Youth Congress (WIYC) the Igbo Students’ Association (ISA) and the South-East Women Professionals (SWP).
Watch as IPOB members sing and clap at Nnamdi Kanu father's palace in Afara Ukwu on NAIJ.com TV: