The Southeast region of Nigeria has been plagued by various challenges in recent times, including sit-at-home orders and violent agitations.
In response to these issues, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement signed by the Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, issued a challenge to the Southeast Governors. They have requested a 40-day period to address the situation and put an end to the sit-at-home orders and the violence that has ensued.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes that it is crucial for the governors to separate criminals, such as kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers, and killer herdsmen, from genuine Biafra agitators.
They argue that street urchins and criminals have hijacked the enforcement of the sit-at-home orders and are using it as a cover to unleash violence. Ohanaeze Ndigbo asserts that the security agents must recognize this reality on the ground.
One notable concern raised by Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the alleged involvement of Simon Ekpa in inciting violence in the South East. They claim that Ekpa is using criminals to cause chaos and that the Southeast Governors seem helpless in addressing this issue.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo proposes that the governors put aside their pride and accept help from the organization. They assert that by listening to Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s homemade solutions, the governors can restore peace in the Southeast within the next 40 days.
In order to effectively address the challenges in the Southeast, it is imperative for all stakeholders to come together and collaborate. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, can play a significant role in fostering unity and dialogue. Their deep understanding of the issues faced by the Igbo people positions them as a valuable partner in finding sustainable solutions.
The call for the Southeast Governors to separate criminals from genuine Biafra agitators is a valid one. It is crucial to distinguish between those who are engaged in criminal activities and those who are peacefully advocating for their rights and self-determination.
By doing so, the governors can address the concerns of genuine agitators while simultaneously dealing with criminal elements. This differentiation will help to build trust and ensure that the grievances of the people are heard and addressed.
The involvement of street urchins and criminals in the enforcement of sit-at-home orders is a worrisome development. It not only undermines the original intention of the orders but also leads to violence and further destabilization of the region. The security agents must be aware of this reality and take appropriate action to ensure that law and order are maintained while respecting the rights of the people.
The assertion that the Southeast Governors should accept help from Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a call for collaboration and unity. It is essential for everyone involved to set aside personal differences and work towards a common goal—the restoration of peace and stability in the Southeast. Former Abia Governor, whose expertise and experience can contribute to finding effective solutions.
In conclusion, Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s challenge to the Southeast Governors to give them 40 days to end the sit-at-home orders and violent agitations in the Southeast Nigeria is a call for collaboration and peace.
It highlights the need to separate criminals from genuine agitators and addresses the concerns of street urchins and criminals hijacking the enforcement of the orders. By accepting help from Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Governors will end violence in the South-East.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide