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Following Tuesday’s killings in different parts of Ebonyi State, the Elder’s Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has mandated the President General, George Obiozor, and the Chairman of governors’ forum, Dave Umahi, to call an emergency meeting of stakeholders, including the National Assembly.
The proposed meeting, would among many other things deliberate on ways and means to protect Igbo people wherever they live as well as seek to establish an emergency relief fund from where help can be given to victims of terrorism anywhere in Igbo land.
Elder statesman, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, warned perpetrators of the recent killings in Ebonyi State to desist from the attacks, saying Igbo would no longer tolerate such again.
‘I am angry about the Ebonyi incident, we have gone through this process before, I am still alive today and strong, I might be old but I can stay in my office and give advice, ISWAP, Boko Haram, and killer herdsmen are collaborators.
‘In Igbo culture of ‘Onye-aghala-nwanne-ya’, I want to make it clear to all and sundry that any attack on any Igbo soil is an attack on the entire Igbo land. The Igbo will never fold their hands and watch people invade them in their homes, destroy their property, rape their wives and kill them.
‘I am constrained to sound this warning as the chairman of Ohanaeze Council of Elders that we will no longer accept a situation where our people are invaded by terrorists.
‘We will take every step to defend the lives and property of our people, we have passed through this journey and violence of war and we know it is a very painful and lonely journey. That is the reason all elders of Igbo land are passionate about peace and unity in one Nigeria restructured under a new constitution that can protect every part of the country and create an incentive to the benefit of the people and Nigeria,” Iwuanyanwu submitted.
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