Igbo National Monument, a pressure group, on Sunday chastised the governors of the Southeast for the recent wave of violence in the region, claiming that it has become clear that the states’ leading security officers had been sleeping on duty for far too long.
The assassination of Dr. Chike Akunyili, widower of late Dora Akunyili, and others in Nkpor, Anambra State, in just one day, according to the organization, symbolizes the height of insecurity in the South-East more than any recent incidents.
If elected government officials presiding over people all over Ala’Igbo were true leaders, this trend would never have evolved into the killing of innocent Igbo sons and daughters in their own homeland today, according to Anthony Olisa Okolo, coordinator of the Igbo National Movement in Owerri, Imo State.
From Onitsha to Aba, from Nsukka to Owerri, and from Abakaliki to Okigwe, the Igbo National Movement called on all well-meaning Igbos, Igbo leaders, and all those who owe Ndi’Igbo any duty in terms of security of lives and properties to immediately commit their best efforts toward ending the terror taking root on our streets and homes.
“If significant action is not taken immediately, a moment will come when Ndi’Igbo will no longer wish to return home. This, in turn, will wreak havoc on Ala’Igbo’s economy, first by damaging the country’s hospitality industry, then by stifling local tourism, which is fueled by Igbos’ great nostalgia for their homeland.
“Of course, transportation will follow hospitality and tourism… Igbos in the diaspora are already rethinking weddings in the South-East. We will gradually foster greater poverty in the region, and more crimes will follow, like a vicious cycle.”