2023: Enugu turning to battleground – Ohanaeze condemns violence, tasks state govt
The youth wing of the top Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the violence that marred Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gatherings in various Enugu State local government areas.
According to Daily Post, the PDP meetings in Nsukka and Aninri local government areas turned violent, leaving many injured.
The incident in Nsukka was claimed to have occurred between supporters and opponents of Hon. Pat Asadu’s 5th term campaign as representative of Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South in the House of Representatives.
Asadu is facing stiff opposition to his bid to return to the Green Chamber for the fifth time in a row.
The violence in Aninri happened between supporters of two groups within the PDP over the state’s governorship election in 2023.
Both occurrences resulted in fatalities.
Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Worldwide, OYC, branded the incident as deplorable in a statement made available to press in Enugu.
Okwu expressed regret that Enugu was back to its dark days.
He warned that if those behind the mayhem did not retrace their steps, Enugu would soon become a theatre of war.
“What happened in Enugu State on Saturday is most condemnable and unacceptable. We can’t understand that some days to the primary election, Enugu has become a battlefield.
“The Coal City has been one of the safest states in Nigeria, but it is gradually losing that status because of the desperation of some politicians.
“The Enugu State Government must rise to the occasion and show that it did not endorse what happened on Saturday. It must collaborate with security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.
Okwu expressed concern that “worst days may be ahead in Enugu State with what we saw on Saturday. It all depends on how the Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi handles these developments. The Governor should call those behind this to order as the Chief Security officer of the State.
“We call on the commissioner of Police, Enugu state to unravel those behind this dastardly act.”
He sympathized with those that were wounded during the incident, especially the member representing Aninri State constituency.
Meanwhile, Okwu also called on Igbo youths to resist the temptation of being used by politicians to achieve their desperate ambition.
“This is a time for youths to take up leadership positions and not to be used as thugs. Politicians should use their own children to perpetuate thuggery. We must all rise and say no to this madness,” he declared.
The post 2023: Enugu turning to battleground – Ohanaeze condemns violence, tasks state govt appeared first on NEWS.