Ohaneze youths kick against purpported coup attempt in Nigeria


By Chijioke Njoku

The youth wing of the Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has said it would resist any attempt to dismantle the current democratic administration in Nigeria by military junta.

The Ohaneze youths through its National Leader, Mazi Damian Okafor kicked against the alleged plan by individuals or group to disinstall the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, by liaising with the military junta to launch coup in the country.

Okafor who made this known yesterday in a statement, insisted that no real Igbo man will support any coup attempt in Nigeria.

His argument was based on the alleged and unfairly movement called “Igbo coup” which claimed the lives of many Nigerians, no man who is an Igbo man will want such an event to happen again.

The Igbo youth leader, said, “No real Igbo man will support any coup attempt in Nigeria.

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“The 1966 coup was unfairly called an Igbo coup, which led to the loss of three million innocent lives.

“Regardless of any shortcomings in our democracy, we must sustain it and keep pushing to enhance it.”

Okafor recalled that there have been recent coups d’etats in African countries such as Niger and Gabon.

He noted that during the massacre of Igbos in Nigeria between 1966 and 1970, one to three million people died.

“The war in Nigeria, with its associated mass atrocities, is arguably one of the first major moments in post colonial Africa when accusations of genocide were made.

“Following military coups in Nigeria in 1966, the military and ethnic extremists systematically targeted and killed Igbos across the then Northern and Western regions of Nigeria.

“Massacres of Igbos and other Easterners across the country led to thousands of deaths and the displacement of millions.

“The massacres led the Eastern Region of Nigeria to declare its secession from Nigeria.

“The region was renamed the republic of Biafra. Nigeria invaded Biafra in July 1967, leading to a protracted war.

“The federal government used starvation tactics which led to upwards of three million civilian deaths in Biafra. Biafra officially surrendered to Nigeria in January 1970.”

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