By Oladapo Okeowo
The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday, described the non-arrest of the Arewa youths as strategic and the right decision.
The VON DG, said the non-arrest would avoid a situation where an “arrest and detention wittingly and unwittingly make agitators celebrities”. he declared.backed the non-arrest of the Arewa youths who issued a quit notice to the Igbos to leave the 19 states of Northern Nigeria.
The Arewa youths are under intense scrutiny for the three-month leave ultimatum they handed to Igbos resident in the region.
Okechukwu, who was reacting to a recent speech by the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, described the ultimatum as an “arrant, unpatriotic, unconstitutional and provocative quit notice”.
This was disclosed in a statement at Akpakwume Nze, Enugu state.
Chief Nwodo, during the inauguration of 100 man advisory committee on economic and political affairs, in Enugu said it is worrisome that the police are incapable of making needful arrests.
This, he said, points to a situation of inherent double standards.
Okechukwu opined that the seemly reticience of the police is not a show of double standards but a sign that they have learnt their lessons with the Nnamdi Kanu debacle.
He said the arrest and detention of an equally provocative but unknown Nnamdi Kanu gave him and his organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a platform for the discord that has now spread throughout the country.
“His detention gave rise to the disgusting and sordid situation in the country today.
“Methinks the non-arrest of Yerima Shetima and cohorts of the Arewa Youths for their arrant, unpatriotic, unconstitutional and provocative quit notice is strategic.
“Detention made Kanu with no fixed address became an instant celebrity.Had Kanu not been arrested his agitation could have fizzled out unnoticed,” the VON DG said.
Okechukwu, however, said his assumption is not based on any inforation derived from talking woth the Inspector-General of Police.
“I didn’t consult the Inspector General of the Police or any security officer for that matter, but common sense.
“The security chiefs might have reasoned that it is better to allow the storm to boil over, instead of creating another celebrity. As time is the healer of all wounds.
“Am surprised why Chief Nnia Nwodo, our President-General, who loves us, the millions of Ndigbo who live in the north more than ourselves did not worry, why Nnamdi Kanu was not rearrested after serial violations of his court order.
“Is it not double standard to allow somebody who flagrantly violates court order to move about freely? If by the same token, Kanu is not rearrested, I bet you that his sponsors will thin down”, he said.
The DG advised that in times like this, prominent people like Chief Nwodo should be more reticent, and pragmaticwhile treating with such leaders and groups like the Emir of Katsina, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Governors Forum and the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, by extension the Federal Government of Nigeria.