Ohanaeze spits fire on insecurity
Amid the spate of killings, kidnapping, and banditry currently going on across the country, Ohanaeze, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, yesterday vowed to defend Igbos residing anywhere in the country, especially in the South-East zone.
This is just as the South-East Governors’ Forum has given notice of its readiness to unveil a security outfit in the region to protect lives and property of its citizens.
Ohanaeze’s resolve to secure the lives and property of Igbos was
reached at the meeting of its ‘Ime Obi’ (Elders Council), which took place
yesterday at Nike Lake Hotel and Resort, Enugu,
The group noted that the prevailing situation across the federation was a “clear indication that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is incapable of protecting the people”.
It warned that it would no longer fold its arms and watch Igbo
sons and daughters being slaughtered in different parts of the country.
The group’s President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who read the resolution of the meeting, urged Ndigbo to be vigilant and continue doing their businesses in line with the laws of the land.
The statement read in part: “Ohaneze Ndigbo having extensively considered and deliberated the lone agenda of the meeting, which is ‘Security in Ala Igbo’, hereby states categorically that Ndigbo will not stand by and watch their people slaughtered. That Ohanaeze will defend every soul in Igboland.”
The South-East Governors’ Forum which also met in Enugu
yesterday said it will soon name its regional security outfit..
Addressing reporters after its meeting at Government House, Enugu, the chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Dave Umahi, said efforts were on to secure the nod of the houses of assembly in the region through enactment of a law to back the move.
He added that the Federal Government had been duly informed
about the proposed security outfit.