Tony Okafor  and  Chidiebube Okeoma

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Saturday condemned a newly-released anti-Igbo song circulating in the northern states.

Ohanaeze said the song signalled the beginning of a national catastrophe.

The Igbo group described the hate song as despicable and disappointing.

In a statement by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the group said it was unfortunate that ‘‘prominent leaders in the north allowed this development to flourish without reproach.”

The statement partly read, “The Arewa youth have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature. The toleration of their criminal conduct has portrayed the Federal Government as biased and unfair. Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the North is conversion. It amounts to daylight robbery of lawful property.

“It is surprising that a hate song calling for more hatred has been allowed to fester. Yet no one is arrested. All the orders of arrest from Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police seem to be ambivalent and unreal. The youth meet freely with northern governors and leaders, showing that they enjoy their support.

“This development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which, if not nipped in the bud, will snowball into incalculable damage to our continued existence as a country. Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the North  (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach. Ohanaeze gives notice to the Federal government to deal with this situation decisively or forever be held responsible for the consequences this abdication of responsibility provokes.”

Meanwhile, wife of the Acting President, Dolapo Osinbajo, has advised pro-Biafra agitators to pray for Nigeria’s unity rather than seek secession.

Osinbajo noted that secession won’t help any of the geographical zones.

She spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Friday during the inauguration of a non-governmental organisation, Elfreeda Foundation, founded by Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, daughter  of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

She maintained that the unity of the country was non-negotiable.

She said, “Our nation needs love now more than anything else. I encourage the people of Imo State to show an example of this love, which I see in them, to the rest of the country. This is not my first time in Imo State. Each time I am here, I see peace everywhere. This state is a house full of many people. I say to this house, peace be unto it.

“Love never fails. I have a request that is deeply rooted in the bible. Love your neighbour as you love yourself. It is a selfless request because it entails loving everybody, irrespective of religion or tribe. And this is what Nigerians should be doing now.”

Osinbajo’s wife said the foundation would put smiles on the faces of millions of less privileged people.

In his speech, Okorocha noted that despite the current difficulties, the country was marching towards the path of greatness.

Okorocha urged Nigerians to advance the unity of the country instead of talking about war and secession.

He stated that many great countries of the world had passed through the current challenges Nigeria is currently confronting.

The governor said patriotism and speaking the right words made the difference.

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