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Between Ohanaeze’s ‘telegram’ to IGP and passed Amotekun bill in S’West

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Strong indication has emerged suggesting that the leadership structures across the entire South East are yet to realise that since the effective launch, fireworks with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the gradual but eventual legislative cut-out by South West states on Operation Amotekun, there had never been any further instance of Fulani herdsmen attack in the region.

But rather than following the direction of a shining light during a deadly night scenario, whereas the governors are unanimously marching to Abuja on Community Policing policy which is excellent, the socio-cultural arm, Ohanaeze have resorted to placing telegrams; an analogue means of communications in an era of a digital world where post offices are technically out of fashion for speedy mails.

Only yesterday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo wrote a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, warning that the Ndigbo will not fold their arms and allow Fulani herdsmen to continue to harass, rape and kill her people in their land.

In the open letter, titled, ‘The road to anarchy,’ he averred that Ndigbo were ready and capable of defending themselves from any aggression.

According to him, “We are law-abiding, hospitable and always ready to coexist with others as friends and brothers but not as foes and at a supreme price. Enough is enough.”

In deep pains, he was very passionate narrating how two identified Fulani boys openly wielded AK-47 rifles in an Anambra community and the State Commissioner of Police in the state refused to arrest those boys, “because they came from a particular section of the country.”

Whereas he queried the IGP if “the bearing of unlicensed firearms no longer illegal and therefore punishable in breach in the laws of this country, he was quick to add that “The behaviour of the police probably explains why it is only police commissioners from a particular part of the country that are posted to Igbo land.

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President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo (left); Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Chukwuma; Enugu and Ebonyi governors, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and David Umahi; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano; Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Francis Njoku; Governor Okieze Ikpeazu of Abia State and representative of South-East traditional rulers, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, during the South-East geo-political zone security summit in Enugu…

Ohanaeze President further noted that “This also tends to lay credence to the fears being harboured by our people that even the military laying siege to Igbo land are here to protect the interest of an ethnic group. Not only have Ndigbo been marginalised in this country, they are even being pushed to the brink. It is always said that no country survives a second civil war.”

As the whole world awaits the official reply of Ohanaeze’s letter/telegram to the IGP, it is certain that the remaining three states in the South West region may before the end of this week, passed their South West Security Network (Amotekun) bills into law for their governors to the needful so that lasting peace, rather than letter writing will take pre-eminence.

Already, Lagos, Oyo and Osun States have passed their Amotekun Bills and transmitted same to their governors for assent.

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