…decries FG marginalization, of South East
An advocacy group under the aegis of Conference of Concerned Igbo Elders for Peace and National Unity has enjoined Ndigbo to take advantage of the ongoing All Progressives Congress (APC), registration exercise to join the party en masse.
The concerned Igbo elders decried the growing exclusion of the South East in national affairs while calling on FG to always apply the federal character principle in making sensitive appointments.
They further noted that integration into mainstream politics, through the instrumentality of the APC, will end the politics of exclusion and marginalization against the South-East geo-political zone.
The group warned Igbo politicians against divisive tendencies, insisting that the time had come for Igbo politicians to articulate a common front which, in the final analysis, will engender confidence and trust.
In a statement jointly signed by its National President, Mazi Prof William Okocha, and National Secretary, Barr Miss irene Chizoba, the group threw its weight behind the call by Ohanaeze Ndigbo for a review of the recent appointment of Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The respected Igbo elders, however, called on relevant authorities to deal decisively with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying the current level of force being deployed may not be enough to curb their violent excesses.
They added that decisive force was required at this time, considering recent events, which suggest that IPOB was determined to undermine security and peace in the South East, which is an integral part of the country.
The Igbo elders drew attention to the attack on security operatives within the Orlu council of Imo State, warning that the proscribed group may likely carry out more daring attacks unless urgent action was taken to deter them.
The advocacy group further accused IPOB of carrying out Tuesday’s attack on Abayi police station in Aba, Osisioma Ngwa local council of Abia State, which resulted in the death of two police officers and the burning of the station.
While condemning the violent campaigns of members of the separatist group, the elders called on Igbo sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora, to dissociate themselves from the group, with a view to sending a strong message across, that IPOB does not represent the views of Ndigbo.
They reminded the public that the IPOB remained a “terrorist organization”, having regard to an order of a federal high court in Abuja, which proscribed its activities, at the instance of a request by the federal government.
“As a geopolitical entity, we believe that the Igbo have been sidelined for too long, and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra
, have helped to sustain this act of injustice through the deliberate and orchestrated violent disruption of peace and security”, the elders said in the statement.
As part of urgent measures to redress the balance, and bring the South East to reckoning, the patriots have called for robust engagements by relevant stakeholders on issues of concern, while denouncing IPOB, its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
, and all they represent.