Four months after Nigerian Army in September 2017, raided and allegedly destroyed the palace of Eze Israel Kanu of Afara Ukwu, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has urged the Federal Government to urgently rebuild the palace.
The Army allegedly destroyed the palace, while searching for the son of Kanu, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the now outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
But the youth wing of the Igbo apex body, argued that the Federal Government rebuilding the palace would go a long way to placate the anger of the South East, and the community in particular on the alleged illegal invasion of the community by Nigerian soldiers.
The OYC in a statement signed by its National Vice President, Comrade Obinna Achionye, used the opportunity to refute claims that the military authority was planing to establish a mini military barracks in Afara.
The statement read, “After our investigation, we assure IPOB that there is no iota of truth on the planned establishment of a mini military barracks in Afara.
“Though we are not holding forth for Federal Government or Abia State Government on the issue, but it is high time we reconcile with all agitators and heal the wounds of Python Dance which left many Igbo youths dead, many Igbo youths are still in the morgue and we are worried of how they will be buried.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide will always defend the interest of Ndigbo, especially from any external aggression and our collective enemies.
“We still call on all Biafra agitators to focus on the 2018 Biafra restoration through the universally accepted peaceful referendum, and never be distracted by rumours peddlers. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council Worldwide will do anything peaceful to ensure that our youths are not victims of military brutality.
“We call on the Federal Government to rebuild the Palace of HRM Eze Israel Kanu, whose traditional palace was wrongfully destroyed during the operation Python Dance, and urged Abia state Government never to be distracted in their efforts to rebuild Abia and call on Governor Ikpeazu to be the father of all in Abia”.
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