Ohanaeze Ndigbo said regional autonomy and additional state creation for the southeast is the best political solutions to Biafra agitation.
The group advised the federal government of Nigeria to provide a platform for genuine dialogue with the South East and initiate the process to interface with neutral Igbo leaders.
In a press statement issued by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, they asked for prohibiting Igbo politicians from the proposed dialogue, “because they are part of the problems in the southeast. We are aware of the international pressures on the federal government presently”.
“The FG should not miss the opportunity to seek for genuine dialogue with neutral Igbo Patriots and Elderstatesmen who will genuinely communicate the plights of Igbo without the usual manipulative infusions of southeast politicians”.
“The international pressures on the Federal Government in respect to the extraordinary detention of Nnamdi Kanu after the Kenyan government confirmed that there were no official extradition proceedings of Kanu before he was sent to Nigeria, these International pressures have opened up extraordinary circumstances that must be explored by both the Federal Government and non-political Igbo leaders. The first step expected from the Federal Government is to set in motion a mechanism for peaceful dialogue with Igbo religious leaders, Igbo traditional rulers and selected few Elder statesmen like Pa Mbazulike Amaechi, Elder KUK Kalu and others, as it’s obvious that FG can’t shy away from peace talks with IGBO before the next court appearance of Nnamdi Kanu 19th January 2022”
“With the exclusion of Igbo Governors, Igbo National Assembly members, Igbo Federal Executive Council members, Igbo APC and PDP members in attendance.
“The federal government should expedite actions that will lead to additional State creation for the southeast and granting of full autonomy of Federating units of all the regions in the country, these are the two best options as political solutions for addressing the activities of Biafra groups and their arrowhead. The release of Nnamdi Kanu and Igboho from incarceration without addressing the causes of the agitations will worsen the situation at hand, it will escalate their activities of the agitations”
They noted that the only options for FG are to create an additional state for the southeast and regional autonomy for the southeastern region through the National Assembly.