Igbo not at war with Nigeria – Ohanaeze faults IPOB
By Our Reporter
The president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has faulted the confrontational campaign embarked by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), through its armed security operative, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Obiozor stressed that activities of the controversial security outfit in Orlu, Imo which resulted in recent clashes with security operatives, including the army, was not necessary. According to the Ohanaeze boss, Ndigbo have nothing pending before any institutional authority that demands its separate existence from Nigeria and, therefore, not at war with any ethnic group or Nigeria at large.
Obiozor, who gave the clarification while reacting to the lingering crisis in Orlu local government area of Imo state, accused operatives of Eastern Security Network (ESN) of taking the laws into their own hands. He also warned that Nigerians should desist from engaging in acts or activities capable of fanning the embers of national disunity.
He said: “Those who preach or prefer military solution to Nigerian problems are today, equally a threat to Nigerian unity as those enemies they are fighting. Use of force, intimidation or violence will be a national catastrophe which should be avoided or it leads to a synchronised national crisis and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria. All this should be avoided.
“As I stated earlier in my inaugural speech as the new president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the Igbo nation is not at war with Nigeria. However, what must be clear to all is that Igboland is not a ‘no man’s land’. There are laws and cultures that must be respected and complied with by every Igbo person in order to save our heritage.”
He regretted that such crisis could occur in a community (Orlu) which, he argued, was reputed for its peaceful and serene nature, thanking the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, for his prompt intervention.