The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the release of South-East youths being held in various detention facilities across the country by security agents.
This was revealed by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Prof George Obiozor, in his address while welcoming Buhari to Owerri, Imo State.
Obiozor who said that Ndigbo were not separatists noted that the Igbo would continue to be part of Nigeria as long as there was justice in the country.
His statement partly reads, “Mr. President, your visit and presence today in Igboland and Owerri, Imo State in particular, has more than political significance.
“In manner of symbolism, this visit has thrown light into the cloudiness and doubts surrounding the perception of the relations between your government and Ndigbo.
“Your Excellency, the most urgent and imperative need of Ndigbo today is security. The security of Ndigbo in Nigeria and beyond has become a compelling primary responsibility of serious concern for Ndigbo.
“Regrettably, our South-East Zone has recently become a theatre of conflict, negating the peace-loving nature of our people.”
“In this context, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for the establishment of a zonal and state police apparatus to support and complement the existing federal security architecture.
“It is in this same vein that Ohanaeze Ndigbo appeals to you, Mr. President, to see to the release of Igbo youths detained by various security agencies across the country,” he added.