An Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has asked the Department of State Services to arrest and prosecute those planning to install an interim government in Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the secretary-general of the group Okechukwu Isiguzoro on Monday, the group described anyone having thought of an interim government as an enemy of a democratic government and urged the DSS to deal with such persons or groups.
The statement reads:
“unpatriotic elements of destruction” to ensure they don’t “derail our democracy with evil intent to forestall the smooth transition.”
“Ndigbo will never recognize any interim government or be part of the evil scheme as the clamor for an interim government is unconstitutional, satanic, and atrocious as those behind the call for the interim government are only trying to plunge the country into avoidable political crises and make the Igbo as scapegoats as Nigerians witnessed in 1993.
“Ndigbo will participate fully in all pre-inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies of the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29th, 2023, and caution all of those who are working behind the scenes for the enthronement of an illegitimate interim government to use the courts to vent their resentments and grievances.
“We are satisfied that Atiku and Peter Obi had explored the legal options in other to recover the mandates and challenging the outcomes of the 2023 presidential elections in court is better than restraining a smooth transition of power on 29th May 2023, as we will not allow unpatriotic monsters to truncate our hard-earned democracy
“Ndigbo condemns the call for the establishment of an interim government but insists that the President-elect should be sworn in by 29th May 2023,” the statement reads
According to the secretary-general, the group will continue to support the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and ask him to commence the healing process tour from the southeast, by releasing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and incorporating the east into the government of national unity by giving the president of the senate to the people of the southeast.
It would be recalled that the DSS said last week, that it had confirmed a plot to install an interim government and stop Bola Tinubu from being inaugurated as president, come May 29, 2023.
However, the intelligence police have since sparked debates and mixed reactions, among the people. Some Nigerians largely condemn the interim government plot, while some believe it is a strategy by the ruling All Progrssives Congress to disrupt the tribunal process.