The most respected Igbo socio – cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo has thrown its weight behind the decision of Southern Governors to ban open grazing.

It has also called for a fair and transparent trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Ohanaeze which rose from a meeting of its National Executive Committee Saturday in Enugu issued a six-point communique.

The communique said among other things that the Igbo nation agrees entirely with the posture of the Governors of Southern Nigeria on the restructuring of the country, the PIB and the issue of power rotation.

According to the communique circulated to the media by its Spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, “Ohanaeze strongly supports the stand taken by the Southern Governors Forum on anti-open grazing, restructuring, rotation of the President of Nigeria to the South in 2023, and the proposed 5% share of the Petroleum Industries Bill (PIB) for the host communities.

On the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Ohanaeze revealed that it has constituted a strong team of lawyers and elders who would astutely monitor proceedings in court.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has observed with keen interest the recent re-arraignment and consequent trial of our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“In as much as Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not averse to his trial, we however submit that he should be tried within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with global best practices.”

Aligning itself with demands by Igbo Youths, the socio-cultural group noted, “We identify with the Igbo youths in their grievances with respect to Igbo marginalization, the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, etc,

“However, we do not support the use of any form of violence to redress the relative deprivation and prevailing inequality and injustice across the country.”

Ohanaeze admonished Igbos to take advantage of the ongoing voters’ registration exercise, saying “it is the only means that guarantees effective participation in Nigerian politics and a sine qua non to achieve our goals and aspirations in the Nigerian project.”