The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has assured a group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing and the people of the South East zone that the party will not engage in anything that will undermine the progress and interest of the Igbo race.
It explained that the call by the party’s national secretariat for the investigation of former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika was based on the allegation by the Australian negotiator, Stephen Davies, that they were sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.
The APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, had at a press conference in Abuja last week, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to invite the ICC to investigate and prosecute Messrs. Sheriff and Ihejirika over the allegation.
Mr. Ihejirika, a retired army general, was the first Chief of Army Staff of Igbo origin since 1966 when his kinsman, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, who himself occupied that position and later became first Nigerian military Head of State, was killed.
In a statement Monday, the South East APC explained that Mr. Odigie-Oyegun merely made the call based on Mr. Davis’ allegation and that since Nigeria was a signatory to ICC, the president should take the matter to the court because it seemed the Boko Haram situation had overwhelmed the president.
The party said its goal was the welfare and security of every Nigerian and that it would build an egalitarian society everybody would have their needs according to their talents.
“APC in league with other Nigerians patriots is of the candid view that unravelling the masterminds, sponsors, allies and sympathizers of the monster called Boko Haram, is a sure bet to stamping out the insurgency,” it said.
“This is what our great party is patriotically demanding, and we sincerely reassure Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing that we mean well. We have no apology to tender to anybody.
“APC in the best tradition of democracy is requesting President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, the Commander-in-Chief, to use his good office to invite ICC to first investigate and secondly to prosecute Senator Sheriff, Gen Ihejirika or any person found culpable, simple and short.”
The party noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria more than a week after Mr. Davis’s startling allegation had neither made a rebuttal nor dismissed the Australian.
It added, “Consequently, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Leadership needs be reminded the old Igbo maxim that you do not throw stone into the market, for the stone may hit your mother or father. Ndigbo are spread all over Nigeria and so is APC membership, so we must sing Nigerian song not ethno-sectarian song.
“Therefore, we candidly, do not see anything wrong in Mr President, who agreed that Boko Haram has penetrated his Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, and whom under his watch rascals are hoisting irredentist flags, formally requesting the International Criminal Court to intervene as the Boko Haram insurgency is a matter of urgent national importance.
“Let’s ask, has Ohaneze Ndigbo Youths ever asked President Jonathan why our dear brother Gen. Ihejirika was sacked in controversial circumstances in January 2014? It is an issue for another day, suffice it to say that Ndigbo are second in population to indigenes of Lagos, Kano and 25 other states, first in 5 states and has good presence in FCT, meaning that if there is peace and prosperity in Nigeria, we are one of the greatest beneficiaries given the law of proportion.”
The APC asked the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth “to be reticent, careful and diligent to avoid unwittingly putting all our eggs in one basket, hence joining the Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band of politicians, whose only interest is like that of She-Goat, the advancement of the nuclear family and no other goat.”