Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Youth Council, (OYC), has warned its people from giving support to the Western region of Nigeria towards achieving Oduduwa Nations.
The Igbo group said it recalls how late Chief Obafemi Awolowo betrayed the Igbos years back to the interest of the western region.
According to OYC, in a statement, signed by its President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and made available to newsmen on Monday, September 28, it would not allow the Western region to use its region as a sacrificial lamb to unite its interest with the north.
The group warned pro-Biafra agitators to be wary of the antics of western Nigeria as recorded in 1967, condemned protagonists of the Oduduwa Republic for their unpatriotic move to heat up the Nigeria polity.
OYC further alleged that coalition between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Yoruba One Voice (YOV) is a ploy to sabotage the 2023 Igbo presidency project.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has earlier called on all Biafrans to dump Nigeria and support the fight for the creation of the Oduduwa Republic for the Yoruba race.
In the same development, the two groups told the federal government to between now and October 1, 2021, conduct a referendum to allow Nigerians to chose whether to remain or exit the country.
However, Ohanaeze Youths said it is withdrawing itself from the coalition, noting that the sudden reappearance of Oduduwa Republic was hurriedly packaged with sinister motives by enemies of Igbos to frustrate 2023 Igbo presidential project.
Parts of the statement reads: “Igbo Youths wish to categorically warn Biafra agitators that the sudden reappearance of Oduduwa Republic was hurriedly packaged with sinister motives by enemies of Igbos to frustrate 2023 Igbo presidential project and divide the ranks of Biafrans.
“Historical figures had shown with affirmative evidence that Yorubas had never been in support of Biafra agitation until now, but Igbos are wiser now than being used as sacrificial lambs to cement Yoruba’s interests with the North.
“Oduduwa Republic is designed to hoodwink Biafrans into a planned disaster that awaits them in the near future. If Late Obafemi Awolowo could betray Biafrans and promulgate economic policies that led to the starvation and painful deaths of over two million Biafrans during the civil war and gave 20 pounds to those that survived the pogrom of the war, then, no right-thinking Igbo will fall for a cheap deal for a purported declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
“Igbos will never support any declaration of Oduduwa Republic and we are only in support of the northern alliance with the east. Northerners had been the traditional and political allies of the Igbo since 1960”.