Enugu community dismisses reports of ostracisation
The Ishi-Ozalla Autonomous Community, Nkanu West Council, Enugu State, has dismissed as a ruse, allegations that it ostracised a section of the community on account of being tagged “slaves”.
It insisted that it remained committed to abolition of segregation in Ozalla, stressing that it would not do anything to jeopardise the community’s peace and progress, as well as its people’s freedom.
Some members of the Edeaniagu Village in the area had protested to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that they were ostracised on account of being tagged “slaves” and requested government’s intervention.
But in a statement in Enugu, yesterday, signed by the President General, Mr. Obinna Nvene and Public Relations Officer, Ikechukwu Igweonyia Ngene, Ishi-Ozalla, they said: “Ishi-Ozalla Town Union’s attention has been drawn to the allegations of ostracisation levelled against the entire community by some individuals within a section of the community. We, hereby, state that no one has been ostracised from Ishi-Ozalla Autonomous Community.
“Ishi-Ozalla is a progressive and peace-loving community and together with the other four autonomous communities in Ozalla town – Etiti-Ozalla, Obeagwu-Ozalla, Okorouba-Ozalla and Obeagwu-Ozalla, on Saturday, September 1, 2018, accomplished the widely applauded and historic Project for the Abolition of Segregation in Ozalla (PASO), which ended all forms of social discrimination in the entire community.
“Laudable as the initiative was, the greater Ozalla community recognised that segregatory practices had been in existence for centuries, and therefore, established a standing committee known as the Ozalla Unity Committee (OUC), which principal responsibility was to nurture the abolition initiative and manage issues that may arise on matter related thereto on an ongoing basis.
“What was achieved by Ozalla in September 1, 2018 was historic and to date, has not been successfully replicated in any other community across Nkanuland and Enugu State in general…”
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