The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi visited Umuahia to preach Nigeria’s unity.
The King in his quest of preaching oneness of the nation renamed the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN) , saying the youths that constitute the membership of the group should not be discarded.
The Ooni further expressed disappointment on the proscription and tagging of IPOB a terrorist group, saying that they were just youths crying against the injustice in the country.
“There is something that is bothering them that is making them to cry. We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer (because) the youths of this country are the future, the energy. They are the heart beat of this country,” he stated.
He said the youths have a lot of energy which could be channeled to something positive adding that the youths would always have his support.
“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this; we stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you that we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration,” he added.
Ikpeazu, in his response, said that he was honoured and privileged to play host to the monarch.
He said he has put in place programs to assist members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for massive employment of youths to channel their energies positively.