Apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the “unprovoked attack and disruption of a Labour Party meeting” in Enugu community by gunmen.
News Band reports that the meeting of the Labour Party was disrupted on Saturday, September 25, 2022 in Nomeh, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Igbo organisation, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia while condemning the attack in a statement said, “It is inconceivable that at a time eminent persons and groups from all over the world are embracing the Labour Party as the quintessence of equity, justice, hope, economic emancipation, social Risorgimento and inter-ethnic unity in Nigeria, some disgruntled scoundrels are busy disrupting their meetings at the grassroots in the South East.
“We hope that we are speaking to the hearts of many, that it sends a very wrong signal about the very core essence for which the Igbo are known. Ohanaeze warns that this should be the last time such incidents will be recorded in any part of Igbo land.”
Dr. Ogbonnia also called on the traditional institutions and security agencies to ensure that such incident never repeats itself again, adding that all political parties should be allowed to canvass for votes in the region without any fear of Intimidation.
“Emphasis is made that the character of social structure in Igbo land imposes huge responsibilities on the traditional rulers, presidents-general of town unions, the community vigilantes and ultimately the chairmen of the local governments as the chief security officers. In other words, all the security officers at each unit of Igbo administration are hereby requested to ensure that there will never be a repeat of such irresponsible unwarranted and shameful embarrassment to the Igbo.
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor reiterates that political parties of all persuasions are free to market their manifestoes and canvass for votes in all the country; but nothing in the wildest imagination should compel the so called unknown gun men or the vile partisans masquerading as political leaders to employ the use of thugs to disrupt or attack political meetings in Igbo land.
“The uninitiated may not realize the consequences that await the renegades that have made themselves the willing tools to antagonize the Igbo spirit. On the other hand, if one must work for his party or a candidate of his choice, such narrow interests must never go the extra mile to jeopardize the general Igbo interest.”