Focus on securing S’East, Northern Elders…


Focus on securing S’East, Northern Elders…

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From Okwe Obi, Abuja

Northern Forum (NEF), has Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo to channel its energy towards the South East from multiple threats instead of tackling its spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-.

NEF’s Convener, Prof Ango Abdullahi,  that Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s  Spokesperson, Alex Ogbonna, had called for the arrest of Baba-Ahmed over his unfriendly comments against the South East.

But Prof Abdullahi, in a statement yesterday, described the call as “dangerous and irresponsible, designed to achieve only one goal: to put the life of Dr Baba-Ahmed in peril.”

He maintained that group will always stand by Baba-Ahmed because all comments and press issued by him got the endorsements of NEF.

He said: “My attention has been drawn to comments by spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on the Director of and Advocacy of Northern Elders Forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

“These comments are, to say the least, dangerous and irresponsible, designed to achieve only one goal: to put the life of Dr Baba-Ahmed in peril.

“The Northern Elders Forum categorically that all comments and made by Dr Baba-Ahmed are authorized, and they represent its positions.

“The Press Statement which he read on the 8th of June, 2021 at the Forum’s Headquarters in Abuja in presence of the full Forum was the Statement of the Forum by which it still stands.

“We are of to create the impression that this statement is recent, as well as other attempts to misrepresent its contents to create scapegoats for the failure to limit the damage of irredentism.

“In spite of many efforts to inform the public appropriately, it that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has fallen prey to more mischief, or is itself actively involved in incitement against a citizen.

“The Forum stands by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, a whose pedigree and service to our nation has few parallels.

“It sees the claim that Dr Baba-Ahmed is a risk, and the that he should be arrested as pathetic and even the ordinary standards of Ohaneze Ndigbo.

“We serve notice that we know who to hold responsible in the event of any harm to Dr Baba-Ahmed.

“The Forum advises Ohanaeze Ndigbo to focus its attention on to securing people of the South East from multiple threats, and ensuring that Ndigbo has a befitting relevance in .

“The Forum its full confidence in Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who will continue to serve the country and the North as we search for a that accommodates all in Nigeria.”

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