The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to go back on his decision to impose some new security measures it has implemented to solve insecurity in the Southeast and South-South part of the country.
In a statement by the Secretary-General of the organization, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, asked the President to call for a national dialogue and see the problems of the people.
He said: “They’re twisting the hands of President Buhari not to engage southeast leaders, especially the youths through dialogue and empowerment programmes.
“Militarization of Southeast and South South will reopen the wounds of 1967/70, which Igbos had forgotten. Turning Southeast into the epicentre of violence and theatre of warfare is an ill wind that will blow nobody any good.
“We are using this medium to extend President Buhari a helping hand by seeking for dialogue than shoot at sight order.
“We call for change of plans and tactics in handling Southeast security situations. The Presidency should dialogue now with Southeast youths through the leaders and Governors to avert the disintegration of Nigeria.”
In other news, the Ohanaze also allayed fears of the Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo Olu over rumors to take over the state with vandalism. The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador (Prof.) George Obiozor, assured the governor that the Ndigbos are not violent people.
He said: “The constant and periodic dangerous insinuations, rumour, gossips and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land; we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumour or statement is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us.
“We think that this rumour is intended to distract the Lagos State Government from its efforts to provide good governance for all and cause disaffection between Ndigbo who live in Lagos and their host community which is the second home of several Ndigbo.
“The quick denial of this rumour by members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the South West was a source of relief,