Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) have told President Muhammadu Buhari to declare May 30 a national public holiday to honour Igbos killed during the Nigerian civil war.
The OYC said if the request is granted, it will be another opportunity for the Buhari-led government to win over the Igbos.
The group made the call while reacting to the compliance level of the sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).
The directive issued by the proscribed group witnessed the highest level of compliance ever.
Speaking through a statement by its President, Okwu Nnabuike, the OYC said the compliance level was another indication that the people of the region are feeling sidelined and rejected by the current Federal Government.
“The Government has had several opportunities to win back the confidence of Ndigbo but it threw it away. One of such opportunities was the appointment of Army Chief, which the Government could have used to right wrongs but it never did.
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“However, we call on the Buhari Government to declare May 30 as a national public holiday in honour of over 5 million Biafrans killed during the civil war.
“Since the Government recognized June 12 in honour of a single person, it should find no difficulty in honouring these over 5 million heroes, including children,” Nnabuike said.
He saluted Ndigbo for the peaceful nature of the sit-at-home, stressing that “we are glad that there was no confrontation with security agencies.”