Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, has criticised Ohanaeze Ndigbo for condemning Federal Government’s request to re-arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The President-General of Ohanaeze, John Nwodo, had accused the Attorney-General of bias, double standard and violation of Kanu’s fundamental human rights.
And reacting to that, Unongo said the northern elders were disappointed that Ohanaeze had trivialised a criminal matter.
He said Kanu’s case was 100 per cent different from the ultimatum issued by the northern youths.
This is the kind of thing that happened when our young men from the North , feeling cheated and angry with the old men from Kanu’s place for not cautioning Kanu, did what they did (ultimatum).
But I came out immediately and said Nigerians have inalienable right to reside anywhere . I did that even to the detriment of my friendship with some people.
But what Ohanaeze members are doing is that they are giving the impression that if someone commits a crime and is from their tribe, he shouldn’t be tried. I don’t understand.
Are they saying he (Kanu) should not be tried until someone from another part of the country is arrested? That will invite chaos to the country.
I will advise Ohanaeze and the Federal Government to let the matter be settled at the court because the issue of detention is in the hands of the court.