The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has told Igbos to ignore the directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) calling on them to arrest President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan.
IPOB had earlier in a statement urged its members to arrest Buhari and hand him over to security operatives because he is an impostor.
Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019.
President Buhari’s participation will be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 2016.
With the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the Opening Session of TICAD7 will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe.
Reacting in a statement on Saturday, Comrade Obinna Achionye, Deputy President-General of Ohanaeze Youths, said, “It was suicidal and foolishness that someone will never participate in assault proposed by him against President Buhari in Japan, and directs gullible Igbo youths to risk jail in Japan and deportations, while he enjoys in London.
“Asia countries are not like Europe where someone will engage in activities against a visiting African President without heavy sanction and punishment by the host country.
“So, we call on Igbos staying in Japan to remember that Igbos are not traditionally violent people and will never identify with terrorism, gradually Ipob had lost the consciousness as a defender of Igbos now ranking as a violent group capable of carrying arms in the nearby future.
“We wish to disassociate ourselves from the rented crowd that received Ike Ekweremadu at Enugu airport.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that a desperate Enugu lawmaker from Ezeagu LGA who’s a stooge of Ekweremadu in Enugu State House of Assembly, went to Onitsha main market and ogbete Enugu market to persuade touts and beggars to masquerade as Ohanaeze youths to give the impression that Igbo Youths give Ekweremadu a rousing welcome.
“Contrary to his expectations, he was betrayed by lack of communication skills exhibited by a 60 years old man parading himself as a Youth leader, though we condemned the attack on Ekweremadu in Germany but we are not involved in the deceitful outing. We will sanction the lawmaker appropriately.”