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Boko Haram sponsorship: Ohaneze gives APC 48 hours to apologize to Ihejirika

For attempting to brand former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, a Boko Haram sponsor, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze youth wing on Sunday threatened to sanction the All Progressives Congress (APC) if it fails to apologize to the ex-army chief and Ndigbo within 48 hours.Ohanaeze youth warned that if APC failed to do so, they would label it an anti-Igbo party while other sanctions would follow.

 
The group issued the ultimatum to APC in a statement released from its National Secretariat titled, “Ongoing attempts to brand Gen. Ihejirika a Boko Haram sponsor,” and signed by its National Secretary, Emmanuel Okwu Nnabuike and Publicity Secretary, Obinna Adibe.According to the statement, Ohanaeze youth wing condemned the ongoing attempts to smear the hard earned reputation of Gen. Ihejirika-the immediate past Chief of Army Staff on spurious allegation of being a Boko Haram sponsor.The statement reads further: “It is on record that the same people trying to frame up Gen. Ihejirika are the same people who claimed they would make Nigeria ungovernable for President Jonathan, in the aftermath of the 2011 presidential election.“We view the call for Ihejirika’s trial by the All Peoples’ Congress (APC) through its spokesman-Alhaji Lai Mohammed, without bothering to confirm the authenticity of the statement as malicious and premeditated.“Now that the Director of State Security has officially absolved Ihejirika of any complicity in the matter, we ask the APC to issue an apology to Gen. Ihejirika and Ndigbo within 48 hours.“If they fail to do so, the APC shall be formally labeled an Anti-Igbo party and other sanctions shall follow..“Security is too weighty a matter to be politicized. Therefore it is unpatriotic for political leaders to embark on character assassination based on unsubstantiated and misguided rumours.“Dr Stephen Davies has shown himself to be a fraudulent character and a mercenary, whose stock in trade is the distortion of information in order to cause chaos, thereby creating more business for him”.Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing noted that he (Davies) employed a cheap propaganda tactics by naming former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff who has been consistently linked with the emergence and sponsorship of Boko Haram as the sect’s sponsor and therefore linking him with Ihejirika as a co-sponsor would lend credence to the story, in the eyes of gullible members of the public.The group added that unfortunately, he (Davies) did not proffer a single shred of evidence or motivation for Ihejirika, a Christian and an Igbo from the South East to sponsor Boko Haram, pointing out that his claim that the CBN official who handled the funding of Boko Haram “is an uncle to three of the Nyanya bombing suspects was equally disproved by the DSS thereby showing his story to be faulty.”Citing the DSS they said, “it is uncharitable for Nigerians to reward someone who laid down his life in defence of his country by associating him with the sponsorship of the sect.”The group, therefore, warned all those involved in the smear campaign to desist from such wicked and unpatriotic acts immediately and saluted Gen Ihejirika once more for the great job he did as a Chief of Army Staff, especially with regards to fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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