Apex Igbo social-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that peace will exist between IPOB’s Eastern Security Network and the proposed South-East security outfit dubbed, Ebubeagu.
According to Ohanaeze, peace will reign between the two security outfits because they are working for the same purpose. President-General of Ohanaeze, Amb. George Obiozor, gave the assurance during a press conference.
He said Ndigbo have a common interest of securing the zone. He said the Federal Government, must as a matter of urgency, make delicate choices that would tackle insecurity across the country or risk loosing its nationhood. Speaking on the recent attacks in Ebonyi and other states which led to loss of lives and property, President General of the organization, George Obiozor said the dream of Nigerian Unity is fast recedding and fading with violence, crisis and conflicts. He noted that Nigerians have no place to hide as there is the rise of ethnic militias, agitation for recession, self determination, insurgency and banditory.
“The government must not get to the point where the citizens will feel uncomfortable about its decisions on matters of national interest and destiny”.“The FG must reconsider the use of force in resolving the present national crisis as history has shown that military and violence means to solve national questions is bound to fail.” Obiozor further warned those encroaching on lands in the regions to thread with caution as land is a very sensitive issue in Igboland.
“There is no man’s land in Igbo land. Those encroaching are provoking our people and our deities,” he said. Reacting to comments on why governors of the region established a joint security outfit instead of supporting the ESN, Obiozor said governors of the zone have the mandate to Secure the South East and their decision should be respected. He, however, said that If the ESN have come out to protect lives in the region, they must corporate with Ebube Agu and not cross boundaries.
“We have common goals and different methods. The governors had thought well before coming up with the security outfit and as such, they should be backed up,” he said. He disclosed that the decision by governors of the South East to form a joint security outfit was taken after a meeting between governors and stakeholders in the region. He said the formation of the joint outfit would go a long way in helping to deal with the recent wave of attacks on residents of states in the region.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo assures the governors of Ndigbo anywhere and everywhere for their efforts towards the security of Alaigbo,” he said.