By Chidi Nkwopora
OWERRI â€” President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged Ndigbo to tackle the challenges posed by armed robbery, kidnapping and other serious crime in the South East.
Jonathan gave the directive in a message delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho, during the public presentation of a book, Themes on Igbo Culture, History and Development, in Owerri.
â€œSome of these criminals are from the zone and you should assist the government to flush them out. However, the Federal Government is more than ever prepared to tackle these problems and secure the lives and property of the citizenry,â€ the President said.
He charged Ndigbo to enhance effective governance by building law abiding communities, adding that strategic government policies and programmes need to be communicated to the grassroots.
On electoral reforms
â€œWe will definitely carry out the electoral reform and from 2011, every vote must count. We will tackle banditry, thuggery and violence, which marred our past elections to ensure a free, fair and credible election,â€ President Jonathan said.Speaking earlier, Governor Ikedi Ohakim urged royal fathers to help restore peace in all crisis ridden communities, pointing out that violent crime, such as armed robbery and kidnapping, were undermining the development and progress of the state.
â€œYou should inculcate in our youths our core values and ostracise those who desecrate our value systems. We should learn to support our intellectuals,â€ Ohakim said.
On culture, heritage
The former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, warned that Igbo language and culture was gradually going extinct, stressing that it would mark the beginning ofÂ Anyim, who spoke in his capacity as Chairman at the event, also lamented that, â€œwe have lost our language, values, culture and identity with disastrous consequences.â€
He was also of the opinion that for now, there is no credible source of information on the Igbo past life, vision and destination, adding that Ndigbo have a rich culture but are not proud of it.
â€œWe are the most enterprising people with outstanding intelligence and numerical strength but regrettably, we have nothing to show for this.
â€œIf we do not know where we are coming from, we will not know where we are going to,â€ Anyim added.