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Biafra : Ohanaeze youths plan referendum summit in September

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Biafra : Ohanaeze youths plan referendum summit 
By Steve Oko 
The youths wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,  has hinted that it plans to organise a referendum summit in September to brainstorm on the best way to advance the cause of Ndigbo in Nigeria. 
Ohanaeze Youths Council  (OYC),  which gave the venue of the proposed summit as Owerri Imo State, however clarified that the exercise did not in any way amount to declaration of independence. 
A release by OYC Deputy President , Comrade Obinna Achuonye, obtained by Wawa News Global said the summit was intended to bring all the stakeholders together to forge a common front in projecting Igbo interest. 
The release further said the summit would help Ndigbo articulate their position on the national question and help avert killings and intimidation of Igbo youths during the planned Operation Python Dance lll by the military. 
The press release read in part : “Ohanaeze youths plan 2018 Referendum Summit during this year’s Igbo day on September 28/29th 2018 at Owerri in Imo State to bring all Igbo stakeholders on the same Page on issues affecting Ndigbo and the Biafra question and how best to channel our peaceful quest for betterment of Ndigbo economically and politically without allowing enemies of Ndigbo to capitalized on Biafra agitation to murder the Youths and arrest Biafra mothers as we witnessed in Owerri recently.
“The 2018 Referendum summit is not a declaration of Independent state of Biafra, it is not gathering of Biafra agitators, it is not a meeting for protest but a meeting to avoid bloodshed in Igbo land during the 2018 Igbo day celebration, and is sensitization awareness to ensure that Igbo Youths are not victims during the upcoming Python dance 3.”
OYC frowned at the proposal by the Army to commence another Operation python dance in the South East but advised Igbo youths not to engage in any confrontation with troops to avoid further bloodshed in the zone .
The group also strongly condemned the alleged recent discovery of decomposed bodies suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra killed during last year’s Operation Python dance dumped inside the bush in Ukwa district of Abia State. 
OYC called for proper investigation into the discovery with a view to unmasking the true identities of the victims as well as bringing those behind the heinous act to justice.
“OYC frowns at the discovery of corpses in Ukwa and Umuahia suspected to be Biafra agitators who engaged in protest during the show of force of the military during the last year’s Python dance 2.”
Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email; Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.
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