Students of Igbo extraction under the banner of Ohaneze Students Forum (OSF) which is the apex decision making body of all Igbo socio-cultural students grouping in Nigeria, have reinstated their commitment to a united Nigeria, affirming that the country is indivisible.
Rising from a Joint Executive and Senate Session of the body held in Awka, Anambra state, the students also passed a vote of confidence on the Nigerian Army Board of Inquiry set up to investigate alleged cases of human rights abuses between personnel and the civil populace across the country.
According to a communique released at the end of the session, and signed by Henry Chukwuemeka Olisa, Chairman, communique drafting committee; Udeh Chijioke, committee secretary; and Jane Onwubuya, committee member; the Congress considered the various crisis created by the recent activities of misguided elements who turned the south-east into a war zone in pursuit of their selfish interest that has no basis with the wellbeing of the Igbo people.
The student body lamented that some of these have left people of the south-east as aggressors and antagonists of the current administration of President Buhari.
“The joint session wish to unequivocally disown the activities of our brothers that have constituted themselves into separatists in the south-east in order to create this ill feeling of suspicion between us and other people that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“The decision to disown them stems from observation that those championing this separatist agenda are not involved in productive enterprise – they have not invested themselves in education, learning useful trade or seeking productive employment but are rather using the so-called struggle to extort political office holders that usually call them for negotiations.”
“The session further resolved that these characters should be treated as rogues and their demands discountenanced as persons that do not mean well for the country or for the Igbo nation, the communique stated.”
The students also resolved to send a permanent delegation to observe the sitting of the Army Special Board of Inquiry for the purpose of getting first-hand information as events unfold.