It said the self-professed activist was not known in the entire South East geopolitical region. In a statement yesterday by the president, Maduabuchi Nwodo, the group absolved the Muhammadu Buhari administration of any complicity, insisting that the plaintiff was being sponsored by those it described as “fifth columnists.”
It said the action was “not only ill-timed, but also mischievous.” The group added: “This, no doubt, is an anti-progressive and anti-people action that should not have the support of people yearning for a better Nigeria.”
Maintaining that Okeke’s suit has no blessing of Igbo, the youths stated: Just as we are shocked at the action of Kenechukwu, we are in utmost disbelief that an Igbo man could be used by some enemies of Nigeria to institute this evil action in court.”
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a criminal charge filed by one activist Kenechukwu Okeke, against Pastor Sam Adeyemi and 49 other influential Nigerians at a Magistrate’s Court in Abuja over their alleged role in the recent #EndSARS protests in the country.
“While we acknowledge his fundamental human rights to sue and be sued, we receive this with mixed feelings, considering that it is not only ill-timed, but also mischievous. This, no doubt, is an anti-progressive and anti-people action that should not have the support of people yearning for a better Nigeria.
“We wish to not only completely disown him, but also strongly disassociate ourselves from him.
“As a well recognised and respected Igbo organisation, we can authoritatively say here that the so-called Kenechukwu Okeke is not known in the South East region where all members hail from. He is carrying out his action exclusively on his own, and not acting on behalf of Ndigbo.”
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