The umbrella body of Ndigbo in the Diaspora, Igbo World Assembly, IWA, has cautioned the Buhari government against the use of force to stop ethnic nationalities from agitating for self-determination.
The organisation declared that there must be a serious dialogue among all the ethnic nationalities for Nigeria to continue its existence.
In a communiqué signed by its chairman, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze on Thursday, IWA also said it had revised the circumstances under which Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was abducted in a foreign land and detained by the Nigerian government, and called for his unconditional release.
“His further detention is unacceptable,” the group said.
“The current situation whereby Southern Nigerians agitating for a free homeland are killed, arrested and detained, while cattle herdsmen/Miyetti Allah that kill our people and rape our women are protected can no longer be tolerated.
“The abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu cannot silence or end the agitation, as the root cause for agitation remains unattended, that is, allowing the Nigerian people to decide their fate or live in freedom,” they said.
The group also counseled the government to let Nigerians decide if they want to go their separate ways or remain as one and focus on addressing massive insecurity, unemployment, hunger, poverty and other challenges.
The group reiterated its commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful co-existence between and among its people through a national dialogue.
It further said that Nigeria needs a serious dialogue among all the ethnic nationalities for it to continue to exist as on indivisible entity.