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The Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has pledged to employ non-violent means to address security issues in the South East, urging those responsible for violence to choose peace.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, disclosed this at a global conference convened to unveil the program for the Igbo Day Celebration on September 29th in Enugu, held on a Saturday.
Iwuanyanwu, who described the killings and bloodshed in the southeast as ‘strange’, said as a father, ‘I am tired of the death of my children and they have given me the responsibility to lead them’.
He mentioned that at the Igbo Day Celebration, he would unveil the non-violent strategy to combat insecurity in the region.
‘As a father, I will call and appeal to everybody to embrace peace and the non-kinetic approach requires everybody’s support both state and the federal government for us to have peace in southeast.’
‘Whatever sacrifice to bring non-kinetic approach to bring an end to bloodshed and killing in Igboland, I will do it.’
‘I am going to reach these people by any means to beg them or even given my life if they want it; I will surrender it to ensure peace reigns in the region,’ the Igbo leader said.
He promised to send representatives to Finland and other places to plead with those inciting violence in the southeast.
‘We are not going to arrest or kill them. I don’t want to kill any of our children; we are going to appeal to them to tell us what they want us to do.’
‘Those who are hungry, we will find them something to do to keep them happier but letting of bloodshed and killing should stop.’
‘It is not easy to stop a hungry person who has found means of getting livelihood through guns but as a father, I will go and cry to them and I am praying God that these my approach work out well,’ he said.
He also declared his dedication to resolving political conflicts among the zone’s political leaders through reconciliation, working to make the region thrive.