Ohanaeze youths back campaign for united S/E
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has thrown its weight behind an ongoing campaign for a united Igbo region.
The campaign for a united South East region was launched recently by Senator Athan Achonu and is targeted at joint action of South-East States on security and infrastructure.
Billboards in strategic locations across the South-East, with the theme: “Aku Ruo Ulo” bear the message that “It is time to legislate on security. South-East cannot have education, industries, agriculture, hospitals, without security.”
Others are that “The value of one investment is like an Iroko tree that shields many in a community. Let’s invest in Ala Igbo now” and addressed the five South-East states on the need for collaboration in infrastructural development.
The Ohanaeze Youths Council president general, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the secretary general, Obinna Achionye, corroborating the theme of the campaign, stated that the easiest way to have an aggressive development of the zone was a collaborative effort among the governors.
They said it was essential for the governors to jointly initiate a bill on security as done by the South-West in the case of Amotekun.
“We strongly back Senator Athan Achonu’s campaign; this is a time for the South-East to show unity in purpose. They should immediately have joint legislation on security, especially as the September deadline on ban on open grazing draws near.
“The only way to demonstrate seriousness towards that decision is to put legislation in place and Ndigbo are anxiously waiting,” the OYC said.
On investment and infrastructure, the Igbo group said the people could not wait forever for the federal government to develop the zone.
“It is time they began to tackle the issue of bad roads in Igbo land, whether they are federal roads or not. Each of the governors should work on the roads that pass through their places. The daily users and most casualties on these bad roads are Igbo men and women.
“The Aku Ruo Ulo campaign by Senator Achonu is also very apt and should be vigorously sustained. Every rich Igbo man should find an area of interest and make investment here in Igbo land. We can’t continue to scatter our investments in the other regions of the country and have nothing here at home. It is time to correct that anomaly in order to secure a good future for the youths,” the OYC added.