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South-East group condemns communiqué on alleged enslavement of Igbo

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President General of Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Photo/Youtube

The South-East Enlightenment Network (SEEN) has condemned a recent communiqué issued by a pan-Igbo group, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), which claimed there were powerful interests to conquer, occupy and enslave the Igbo people in Nigeria.

The socio-cultural-political group at an emergency meeting of a “consultative caucus of concerned pan-Igbo” organisations last Friday said it met to deliberate on issues of “grave and urgent importance that threaten the peace, development and security situation in Alaigbo and elsewhere in Nigeria.”

Reacting to the alarm raised by ADF, the SEEN has called on the public to disregard the communique in its entirety while the Igbo nation focuses on robust and more realistic approach to existing security challenges facing the country as they particularly affect the South-East.

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President of the group, Chimezie Egboh, in a statement yesterday, said Igbo must be wary of being drawn into fighting the wrong enemy by being misled into randomly attacking or killing Muslims or Fulani.

It further urged the Igbo to reject those working with other ethnic nationalities to push us into acting against our own interest by making us enemies of other ethnic nationalities before 2023 when alliances will be needed to clinch an Igbo presidency.

“We have recent experiences of individuals and organisations that exploited our agitation for fairness and greater self-determination to feather their own nests.

“Such people went as far as pitching the entire South-East against the other five geo-political zones only to escape to foreign lands to enjoy the money they were paid by our detractors. These dubious agitators for Igbo’s rights went as far as inciting our youths to imprudently act in way that cut short their prospects in life while leading to the death of others.”

“This is why we find it alarming that the premises canvassed by Alaigbo Development Foundation uncannily tally with the “Fulanisation and Islamisation” propaganda recently launched by former President Olusegun Obasanjo,” he said.


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