By Clifford Ndujihe
THE umbrella body of Igbo Socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned what it described as an “unprovoked attack and disruption” of a Labour Party, LP meeting on September 25, 2022, in Nomeh, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“It is inconceivable that at a time eminent persons and groups from all over the world are embracing the Labour Party as the quintessence of equity, justice, hope, economic emancipation, social Risorgimento and inter-ethnic unity in Nigeria, some disgruntled scoundrels are busy disrupting their meetings at the grassroots in the South East,” Ohanaeze said in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia.
Ohanaeze said that the attack ‘sends a very wrong signal about the very core essence for which the Igbo are known” and warned that “this should be the last time such incidents will be recorded in any part of Igbo land.”
Noting that the character of social structure in Igbo land imposes huge responsibilities on the traditional rulers, presidents-general of town unions, the community vigilantes and ultimately the chairmen of the local governments as the chief security officers, Ohanaeze urged “all the security officers at each unit of Igbo administration to ensure that there will never be a repeat of such irresponsible unwarranted and shameful embarrassment to the Igbo.”
Ohanaeze added that political parties of all persuasions are free to market their manifestoes and canvass for votes in all parts of the country; warning that “nothing in the wildest imagination should compel the so-called unknown gun men or the vile partisans masquerading as political leaders to employ the use of thugs to disrupt or attack political meetings in Igbo land.”
“The uninitiated may not realize the consequences that await the renegades that have made themselves the willing tools to antagonize the Igbo spirit. On the other hand, if one must work for his party or a candidate of his choice, such narrow interests must never go the extra mile to jeopardize the general Igbo interest,” it cautioned.