Prominent Igbo group, Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo has thrown its weight behind the proposed amnesty for Islamist group, Boko Haram, by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking when he led a delegation of Igbo leaders and lawmakers on a visit to the scene of the recent bomb blast in Sabon-gari, Kano as well as to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, President General of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Chief Nnachi Gary Igariwey, hailed the Federal Government for setting up a committee that will look into the feasibility of granting amnesty to members of Boko Haram.
“I express total support for the renewed efforts by the Federal Government to put an end to the challenges of security in the country including the amnesty deal for Boko Haram,” he said.
The President General, who took strong messages of peace, tolerance and harmonious co-existence for a united and indivisible Nigeria to Kano, described the suicide bomb attack at a luxurious bus park in Kano as an attempt to cause disunity among the people of the country.
On the visits were the Chairman of South East Traditional Council, Eze Ilomuanya; and Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma, PDP, Imo West representing the South East Members of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, leaders of Orlu Zone in Imo State under the aegis, Orlu Stakeholders Forum, have passed a vote of confidence on Uzodinma, just as the senator urged the people of the senatorial district to put their acts together, speak in unison if they must attract Federal Government presence.
Uzodinma noted that the people of Orlu had been without any clear direction and clear leadership.
Speaking further, Igariwey, who urged the Igbo community in Kano and other parts of the country to cultivate and sustain the spirit of mutual respect, understanding, trust and love with their host communities, insisted on the indivisibility of Nigeria.
At the palace of Bayero to sympathise with him over the attack on his convoy, the team encouraged him to remain steadfast in his efforts to solidifying the pillars of unity across the ancient city and Nigeria at large.
The emir, however, commended the Igbo leaders for demonstrating high sense of responsibility and patriotism, even as he assured them that peace will return to Kano. [Vanguard]