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WIC faults Igbo leaders on Nigeria’s indivisibility

By Innocent Anoruo
04 October 2021   |   2:58 am
The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has disagreed with Igbo leaders’ belief in the existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity

World Igbo Congress

The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has disagreed with Igbo leaders’ belief in the existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity.

In a statement made available to The Guardian, yesterday, the body argued that it is misleading and counter-productive for the leaders to insist that whatever happens, Igbo people would remain in Nigeria.

The group stated: “It has shown that our elite are insensitive to the yearnings of our general populace. The number of abducted Igbo youths in various Department of State Services (DSS) jails in Nigeria should bother our leaders.”

According to the statement, the leaders’ appetite for a President of Igbo extraction under the present configuration of Nigeria is another suicide mission, the type that swallowed Maj-Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi before the civil war.

It added that the Igbo have used enough of their blood in settling Nigeria’s ‘experiment’ marriage officiated by the British in 1914.

“What is happening now in Anambra is the government’s plot to replicate what happened in Imo State that enthroned destabilisation of Alaigbo,” WIC asserted.

In a notice of meeting and invitation to the planned gathering of South-East leaders, including the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional, religious and political groups, Umahi informed the governors of Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo states that the October 5 meeting would touch on very pressing matters.

Tomorrow’s meeting, which holds in Enugu, will, apart from thrashing the issues of insecurity ravaging the South East, seek alternative strategies to rein in the excesses of disgruntled youths and ensure that the November 6 Anambra governorship poll is without chance occurrences.

WORRIED at the increasing wave of insecurity in the South East, the Igbo National Movement (INM) has charged the five governors to demonstrate leadership by stepping up the security architecture in the region to save life and property.

In a statement, yesterday, the Coordinator, Anthony Okolo; Youth Leader, Shawn Eneja; Legal Adviser, Eze Eluche; Media Adviser, Peter Kalu; and Director of Mobilisation, Onyema Uche, asserted that the violence in the region was a sign of leadership failure.

The statement reads: “The recent spate of violence in the South East region, notably Anambra State, over the past few days, is, at the same time, a sign of leadership failure, and/or a tell-tale sign of state failure.”

The group was particularly irked by the killing of the widower of Prof. Dora Akunyili, who called for urgent attention.

“The killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili, along with close to a dozen others, in just one day around Nkpor, Anambra State, spells, more than any recent event, the height of insecurity in the South East.