The Ohanaeze Youth Council, Worldwide, OYC, have written a petition to the United Nations, UN, demanding special protection for the Igbo people around the Northern part of Nigeria.
The Youths also called for the commencement of steps towards a referendum in Igbo land to finally determine the fate of their people.
This is coming in reaction to the letter written by the Arewa Youths to the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, wherein they slammed Ndigbo over the continuous agitation for Biafra. The Arewa youths in the letter accused the Igbos of instigating various crisis in the country, including the first military coup as well as the civil war.
However, in a letter to the UN by the OYC, which was obtained by DAILY POST, they said it was high time a referendum was conducted to pave way for the final end to the “unworkable marriage” called Nigeria.
The letter signed by the group’s national president, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike (National secretary) Amb Arthur Obiora (Dep National President) Engr Obinna Adobe (National Publicity Secretary) was copied to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, the UK Embassy, the Commonwealth, the Amnesty International, among others.
It reads in parts: “It is with great concern that we alert the international community of the looming genocide against the Igbos in the Northern part of Nigeria, occasioned by a well-orchestrated, carefully thought-after plot by the Northern hierarchy, who are hiding under the Arewa Youths.
“Their latest ranting, which they packaged a letter to the Acting President has left no one in doubt as to their motive: A GRAND DESIGN TO ANNIHILATE THE IGBO RACE. This, they want to achieve so easily through the well packaged false history, which they have now dished out to gullible minds in order to create a passion hatred for the Igbos in the minds of their people and thereby easily achieve the October 1 planned mayhem against our people.
“In Igbo land, we have respect not only for the elders, but more so for the dead and it if is for that purpose that we chose not to go further into this matter. Truth cannot never be changed. However, we must let these youths and their pay-masters know that contrary to their claims, our people have made much more sacrifices for the unity of this country, starting from the later Owelle of Onitsha, Nnamdi Azikiwe.
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