Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals Worldwide has dissociated itself from the action of one Kenechukwu Okeke over his lawsuit against the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, and 49 others on alleged promoters of the #EndSARS protests.
The group in a statement by its President-General, Barr. Maduabuchi Nwodo, also disowned the acclaimed activist, saying he was not known in their fold or in the southeast geopolitical region.
They alleged that the suit was sponsored by those it described as “fifth columnists” to paint the president and his administration black in the eyes of the world.” The group appealed to Nigerians to disregard the antics of Okeke and his alleged sponsors.
According to the statement, “This, no doubt, is an anti-progressive and anti-people action that should not have the support of people yearning for a better Nigeria.”
The group said contrary to the picture being painted by Okeke, his action had no blessings of the people from the southeast extraction, insisting that he was alone in his game.
“Just as we are shocked at the action of Mr. 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 group said.
“While we acknowledge his fundamental human rights to sue and be sued, we received 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.
“Just as we are shocked at the action of Mr. 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.
“We wish to not only completely disown him but also strongly disassociate ourselves from him.
“As a well recognized and respected Igbo organization, 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.
“After a thorough investigation, we make bold to say that the said Kenechukwu acted on his own without the support or endorsement of the federal or any state government whatsoever. He rather acted selfishly to gain recognition and also set Nigeria youths up against the Federal Government just to satisfy the agenda of his paymaster who is bent on disuniting Nigeria.
“President Muhammad Buhari has repeatedly appealed to the youths to remain calm and come to the drawing table to negotiate and this is where we are now. So, we wonder what he stands to benefit by trying to thwart this peaceful process.
“We wish to remind him and his sponsors that the Federal Government has every instrument at its disposal to institute action against the youth influencers especially following the ugly turn of events that trailed the recent #EndSARS protests across the country if they so wish but they didn’t.
“The government’s quiet disposition to allow things to die down naturally despite the development was no doubt an indication that the government is committed to resolving the matter in peace.
“Our discreet investigation revealed that the insinuation that the said complainant acted on behalf of the government or Igbo nation is far from the truth and should be discountenanced.
“Rather, he acted completely without the knowledge of either the government or the Igbo nation.
“Based on the evidence available to us, we make bold to say that he acted as a mole for some fifth columnists who are bent on giving the government a bad name and don’t want the unity of Nigeria.
“We, therefore, call on all Nigerians, Igbo nation, Home and Abroad to appeal to him to drop this ill-timed charges in the interest of peace without further delay.