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INSECURITY: UKIWE, OGBONNA, OHANAEZE NDIGBO WANTS GOVERNMENT TO SAVE NIGERIA FROM BRINK OF COLLAPSE

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INSECURITY: UKIWE, OGBONNA, OHANAEZE NDIGBO WANTS GOVERNMENT TO SAVE NIGERIA FROM BRINK OF COLLAPSE

By Dedeigbo Ayodeji

L-R: former defacto Military Vice President, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe rtd; President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; General Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Everest Ozonweke during the Press Conference by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos on Insecurity in Nigeria Tagged: “The Calamity Before Us” held at Victoria Island, Lagos.

The persistent challenge of insecurity across the country has again caused Igbo sociopolitical group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos to call on the government to take proactive steps to safeguard lives and properties. This clarion call was made during a press conference covered by Oki Samson of Trek Africa Newspaper held in Lagos that was attended by Igbo political and traditional leaders including former defacto military vice president, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe rtd.; President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; Chairman, Council of Ndi Eze Lagos, Eze Christopher Ofia; General Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Everest Ozonweke; Women Leader, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief (Mrs) Violet Uche Obiora (Onaedo) among others.

The official press statement reads: ‘It is of our sincere view that permanent solutions to our problems are not
impossible nor farfetched. They have been well unfolded before us many
times through different channels and mediums but government and her
agents appear to be blind to facts or do not have the political will to tackle
the problems.

L-R: Chairman, Council of Ndi Eze Lagos, Eze Christopher Ofia; former defacto Military Vice President, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe rtd; President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; General Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Everest Ozonweke;  Eze Uche Dimgba and Vice Chairman Council of Ndi Eze Lagos, Chief Dr Gabby Dimudec during the Press Conference by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos on Insecurity in Nigeria Tagged: “The Calamity Before Us” held at Victoria Island, Lagos.

This unfortunate and unacceptable position of government and her agents,
are worsened by the unguided comments of some in high authority. The criminals are bold to continue to rain terror on Nigerians on their soil with the unpatriotic and irresponsible comments. What a calamity! We have witnessed the endless spillage of Citizens blood on their soil, by foreigners according to government and her agents throughout the nation with no zone spared. The sanctity of human lives in the country have lost its value with people slaughtered in great numbers daily.’

‘Recently, the southeast zone has been turned into a theatre of war. The unfortunate situation is fast sliding into dangerous trajectories with reports
of human right violations almost on hourly bases.

We understand the hostile conditions our security forces have found themselves in their calls to duty and we applaud their commitment and gallantry while calling on the federal government to investigate reports of massive extra judicial killings and right violations going on in south east Nigeria.’

‘Majority of Nigerians prefer unity
to secession or separatism. They want Justice, Peace, Equity and Fairness.
The Golden rule of do unto others what you would like done unto you. Nigerians deserve to live in peace in their own country.’

Speaking further on the issue, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene stated: ‘The essence of our meeting is to discuss the insecurity in Nigeria. We have to speak to those in authority who are piloting the affairs of our nation.’

L-R: Chairman, Council of Ndi Eze Lagos, Eze Christopher Ofia; former defacto Military Vice President, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe rtd; President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; General Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Everest Ozonweke during the Press Conference by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos on Insecurity in Nigeria Tagged: “The Calamity Before Us” held at Victoria Island, Lagos.

‘To put an end to insecurity in Nigeria, information can come from anywhere not just chief of defence, IGP, etc, it can come from local people. If you put incentive or most wanted tag, you may even find some members of the armed groups give out their leaders’, Chief Ogbonna hinted.

On his part, retired Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe reiterated: ‘We are here for peace, we are here to live our lives in peace; Igbo are not here for war, we want peace, genuine peace and not peace at any cost, We want all of you to live in peace and relate to each other. If you are businessman, do your best to make money that is what business is all about; genuine one not stolen money, If you are an educationist, continue to teach and relate in such a way that it will grow the society’

L-R: former defacto Military Vice President, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe rtd; President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; General Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Everest Ozonweke and Eze Uche Dimgba during the Press Conference by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos on Insecurity in Nigeria Tagged: “The Calamity Before Us” held at Victoria Island, Lagos.

‘President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has been with me this past one week, discussing on what l am saying.You have to live with your neighbours in peace; neighbours from the North, East, West, and South South. Those in government you should be careful of what you do or what to say, speech that will encourage violence, you should avoid it.’

On what the women in the group have been doing in the insecurity challenge, Chief Mrs. Violet Obiora, woman leader, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos mentioned ‘As a mother, I think nothing less than the security of our people in Nigeria. We have set up a prayer group to lift our voices to God and also to counsel our children. The blood that is being shed is too much. Killing won’t solve our problem. We want dialogue. Enough is enough.’

The leader of Ndieze, Eze Christopher Ofia indicated that that they want revitalization of Igbo culture, ‘We want Ezes to champion the progress of Igbos. We want to carry out cultural revolution. We want to bring our language and culture up. Many of our children can’t speak our language again.’

The sociocultural group also noted that if the government at all levels can adopt strategies as itemized by Prof. George Obiozor in his ‘Nigeria at Crossroads of History’ paper shared on 4th June in Enugu secretariat, the country would heave a sigh of relief.

 L-R: Women Leader, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief (Mrs) Violet Uche Obiora (Onaedo); President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene and Chief (Mrs.) Kate Onyechere during the Press Conference by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos on Insecurity in Nigeria Tagged: “The Calamity Before Us” held at Victoria Island, Lagos.


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