In a recent statement, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has cautioned against disseminating false security statistics to provoke South-East residents against the government. The organization stressed the need to maintain peace and avoid spreading unverified information that could incite violence, particularly among the youth.
Mazi Chika Adiele, the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, delivered this message in a statement issued in Enugu. He addressed the alarming claim that 87,700 individuals had been killed, detained, or displaced solely in Imo State. Adiele emphasized that such statistics are unverifiable and could have dangerous consequences if used to incite violence.
While acknowledging that the South East faces its share of national security challenges, Adiele emphasized the importance of refraining from politicizing these issues. He clarified that Ohaneze Ndigbo and its youth wing do not condone extrajudicial killings of unarmed Igbo youths anywhere.
Ohanaeze Warns Against Use Of Fake Security
Furthermore, Adiele expressed the organization’s commitment to not aligning itself with any individual or group attempting to malign or disparage political figures like Gov. Hope Uzodinma without proper investigation and due diligence. The organization also disavowed support for criminal activities driven by economic gain or political desperation.
Adiele concluded by emphasizing that Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not allow Igboland to become a battleground for irresponsible actors seeking to use the youth to seize power. He commended Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, for promoting security, peace, and economic development in Ala-Igbo, especially for the youth. Adiele also mentioned Iwuanyanwu’s discreet initiatives aimed at securing the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without undue public attention.
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