…Want Amnesty extended to them
The apex youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) led by Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka has urged the Nigerian government to speedily grant the Eastern Security Network (ESN) amnesty and recruit them into mainstream community vigilante network.
Speaking with press men after the stakeholders’ meeting of Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) on security held in Owerri on Tuesday 23rd February 2021, as part of the resolution in the meeting, Igboayaka noted that insecurity has reached its peak in Nigeria, stressing that the best and workable anti-dote is to grant amnesty to the ESN.
“Nigeria has definitely reached its climax in ethnic crisis as a result of the movement of Fulani herdsmen criminal activities all over the country. With the crisis in Northern Nigeria as a result of bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram terrorists including reports of Fulani herdsmen clash in the West. If more confrontation of the military against pro-Biafrans and Eastern Security Network continue, it will not just break up Nigeria but the crisis will become uncontrollable,” Igboayaka noted.
He advised the Governors of Igbo extraction to immediately initiate amnesty programme with the Nigerian Government for members of ESN to save Alaigbo from an already foreseen doom waiting to befall Igboland and Nigeria at large.
Comrade Igboayaka argued that if ESN has gone against the law of Nigeria by carrying arms, then armed bandits in the North have also gone against the law by also carrying arms. “Therefore, the Governors of Igbo extraction should negotiate with ESN/IPOB and treat them the way Northern governors are treating Bandits by negotiating with them to drop their arms”.
He further warned Governors of Igbo extraction that any unjust treatment or military confrontation against members of ESN and IPOB in any manner again, may lead to total population of Igbo youths and Ndigbo at large to rise in disapproval against them.
He stated that “what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander. The youths of Hausa/Fulani who engage in banditry and the youths in Igbo land who engage in self-defense through Eastern Security Network and self-determination struggle must be treated equally with utmost carefulness.”
“Nigeria government should quickly approve a compulsory community Vigilante Security Network in all communities in Nigeria to complement the efforts of federal security agents,” Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka added.
The OYC leader called on Nigeria Security Service to advise Nigeria government and governors of Igbo extraction to move into action on the above solution for a workable ethnic reintegration, harmony, peace and sustainable cohabitation among all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.