Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the youth wing of the largest Igbo socio-cultural organization, has denounced the weekend attack on a political meeting in Enugu State’s Aninri Local Government Area by unknown gunmen.
According to the Metro Times, gunmen assaulted the political meeting and forced party members to flee for their safety.
They claimed to be members of the ESN, an arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, reacted to the occurrence by saying that so many crimes were now being committed in the name of ESN and IPOB.
He said it was past time for the IPOB leadership to rise to the occasion and root out individuals who were abusing the group’s name to commit crimes.
“We were frightened by the purported attack on a ward meeting by gunmen claiming to be members of ESN,” Okwu stated. We were taken aback by this incidence because the ESN is not known for turning the war against her own people.
“We find it surprising that persons claiming to be Igbo should storm a political meeting and commit such atrocities against their fellow Igbo men and women. It’s completely unacceptably.
The OYC President said there were indications that “people are now using ESN to settle scores and this is why we are calling on IPOB to rise to the occasion, it must fish out those perpetrating evil.
“The people behind this are not helping Nnamdi Kanu; they are doing everything to demonize IPOB and the sole aim is to keep Nnamdi perpetually in custody.”
While cautioning on the dangers of Ndigbo fighting among themselves, Okwu said “the IPOB should not fold its hands and watch people desecrate its name. It must go the extra mile to fish out those using its name to commit atrocities. We can’t destroy our place on the guise of fighting enemies. A house divided against itself can never stand.
“This is why there is an urgent need for the IPOB to convince Ndigbo that it has no hand in this and many other similar incidents.”