Ohanaeze youth insists on Kanu’s release, reinstates suspended leader


Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

The Youth Wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reinstated its suspended national Youth leader, Damian Okafor.

Okafor’s reinstatement followed a meeting of the apex youth wing in Owerri, the Imo state capital on Friday.

Okafor was earlier suspended on September 26, 2021.

However, in a statement issued in Owerri on Saturday after its meeting, the publicity secretary of the Youth Wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chika Adiele, stated that Okafor was recalled after the National Executive Council of the youth body met and decided to put their differences aside in the interest of the progress of the Igbo.

The statement disclosed that the youth group is committed to the call for the unconditional release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The statement read partly, “That the unfortunate discision to suspend our National Youth Leader, Damian Okafor, is hereby cancelled and he is fully reinstated with all the rights and privileges of the office of the National Youth Leader.

“That he should be encouraged by all sons and daughters of Ala Igbo, to deliver on his mandate.

“That he should constitute a committee within seven days on drugs and substance abuse by our fellow youths and also profer a realistic template for the rehabilitations and reintegration of victims, and escalate the advocacy on the dangers of drugs, especially the commonly used one otherwise known as (Mkpulu mmili) Meth.

“That as a civilized people, we frown at the inhuman and extrajudicial method of caning victims in public space, hereby violating their fundamental human rights,as we believe that such punishment is achaic and anachronistic.

“That we boldly restate the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and All Igbo detainees languishing in different cells across the country with immediate effect.”

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