Ohanaeze Calls For Arrest Of Mahdi Shehu For Ethnic Profiling Against Peter Obi

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the video clip released by a Kastina-based self-acclaimed activist Mahdi Shehu, which alleged that a vote for the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi is synonymous with the destruction of the North.

Ohanaeze in a statement made available to Journalists in Enugu on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia says the uncivilized remarks by Shehu are not only disingenuous but out-rightly, distasteful, mischievous, provocative, incendiary and capable of igniting ethnoreligious tensions across the country.

He said “The attention of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a video clip that has gone viral, propagated by one Mallam Mahdi Shehu, a Katsina-based activist, to the effect that a vote to Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general election, is a vote for Biafra.

“In the video, he also alleged that a vote for Obi is synonymous with the destruction of the North. He asked his listeners what they stand to gain by voting Obi, a southerner, etc.

“After listening to the video clip, I was shocked that such a narrow-minded ethnic bigot that holds tenaciously to the grudges of the past is still in our midst in this millennium.

“The rabidity, thoughtlessness and hollowness that characterized the video signpost the last wish of a fading and end of the rope propagandist. Persons that harbour such despicable thoughts and mindsets are the pernicious cancerous social incubus which has for long held Nigeria down’s he said

Ohanaeze thereby called on the federal government to arrest, prosecute, and ultimately confine Mallam Mahdi Shehu in a prison to serve as a deterrent to other ethnic inflammatory chauvinists.

He added “If such a deep ethnic jingoism is allowed to play out in the oncoming campaigns, then the fledgling wing of the eagle may be irredeemably broken. Mallam Shehu and his ilk should be made to know that the ethnic cards that were played in the past to the detriment of unity, progress and corporate existence of the country have become loathsome, unserviceable and anachronistic.

“Nigeria has witnessed a major ideological quantum leap or a paradigm shift.  Perhaps, the social media and the present educational standards among Nigerians have created an awareness and mass enlightenment far beyond the narrow Mallam Shehu pigeon-hole vision.

“The youths of today share in the propensity to follow a leader whom they perceive as means of meeting their own ends. This is the irrevocable present-day reality.

Instructively, the Igbo cosmopolitanism admits politicians of all persuasions to canvass for votes across the entire Igbo space without let or hindrance, bearing in mind that what Nigeria needs now is a transformative persona, a visionary with ideologically based programs and a proven record of accomplishments,” he said.

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