By Athan Agbakwuru, Owerri
The apex sociocultural Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has dismissed the sharing of rice as palliative to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy saying sharing rice is not solution to the problem of the Igbo man.
President-General of the group, Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who made the assertion at a world press conference said that what the Igbo man needs is giving him to make a living for himself.
Chief Iwuanyanwu pleaded with the Federal Government to help the South East by building new seaports, international airports, and railways to enhance trade and commerce as well as industrialization.
According to him, Ohanaeze Ndigbo is poised to end insecurity in the South East and will adopt a non-kinetic strategy to tackle the current menace.
The Igbo leader who described the raging boys in the bush as local agitators, “We are not going to arrest or murder them. I don’t want to kill any of our kids, so we’ll ask them what they want us to do instead.
“Those who are starving, we will find them something to do to make them happier while not allowing bloodshed and killing.
“It is difficult to stop a starving person who has turned to weapons as a source of income, but as their father, I shall visit them and beg God for success in my efforts.
“As a father, I am tired of the death of my children and they have given me the responsibility to lead them. The deaths and violence in the South East is strange,” he said.
He stated that the current state of hunger and unemployment was a contributing factor in the disturbances, but he added, “I am not saying that hunger and unemployment will make one to be”
He posited that everyone in Nigeria must share responsibility for ensuring the safety of every location, and the federal government cannot do this on its own.
He further promised to mediate all political disputes between the zone’s political leaders in order to advance the area in order promote harmony and political gladiators in the zone.