BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE
ABA- Following the agitations for referendum by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a security consultant, Chigozie Onyeukwu Ubani, has said that IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has reawakened national consciousness on the urgent need to restructure Nigeria on the path on peace and justice.
In an interview with Vanguard in Aba, Ubani who is a security consultant, condemned the proscription and branding of IPOB as a terrorist organization and urged the federal government to tread with caution in order to avoid the IPOB crisis producing what he described as ‘unpleasant results.’
According to him, “Nnamdi has used the language of the beasts to galvanize Nigerians to a subject which notable Nigerians have unsuccessfully championed in the last 50 years. Don’t forget that the Aburi Accord was mostly about restructuring Nigeria. Let us now take it further for the benefit of posterity. Nnamdi Kanu has done his bit and has his place in history.
“In my opinion, the Federal Government went about it wrongly because proscription is only on paper and not on the minds of the people, which incubates the liberation ideology. It is unfortunate that the federal government refused to look at the big picture and decided to play at the lowest strata of this impasse. This proscription can produce different results. It can cause IPOB activists to go underground, with grievous consequences for the nation state. It can also cause IPOB to restructure and become a more formidable and potent force, with better acceptability. I believe IPOB needs and will undergo restructuring. They need it as some of the insults and vituperations of other tribes where unnecessary for the struggle
“However, IPOB lawyers have approached the court to seek reversal of such declarations and proscription. That bold legal step alone simply shows that the intent of setting up IPOB was neither criminal nor terrorist, but revolutionary. Let’s watch how the legal tussle goes, as the outcome will enrich our jurisprudence”
He urged Ndigbo to build formidable bridges and friendship to succeed in Nigeria and blasted South East governors for their inability to handle the IPOB agitation.
“I am one of those who have recently shown pity on the South East governors. Their hasty proclamation on IPOB was influenced by powerful interests. In fact, this is one reason that gave birth to IPOB. So they should watch it; as a new movement of Igbos may sweep them and their neo-colonial masters away. Igbo are lovers of good life and its appurtenances and can’t be terrorists.”