-Urges Uzodinma to take charge
The archbishop of Owerri Diocese yesterday spoke out on possible attack by Fulani Herdsmen or Northern youths in Igbo land and called on the Igbo governors to seat up.
The Bishop in a press release, titled,” a charge to the Imo State Governor and other Igbo leaders”, personally signed by him and made available to newsmen, said he had visited the governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma recently over the subject matter but feels that he should also make his discussion with the governor public.
He recalled the ordeal of the Igbos during the civil war and urged everyone to be vigilant and be prepared for legitimate self-defense.
The release reads in part, “not Satisfied with defeating us in an uneven war, there is the threat to wipe out the Igbos and take over our God-given homes and lands. Having already spoken to governor Hope Uzodinma on these threats, I hereby publicly charge him to recognize that it is his primary duty as Chief Security Officer of Imo State to protect the lives of Imo people, their homes and their lands. Your Excellency, your voice should be loud and clear on the life and death issue.
“I equally charge other Igbo governors and Igbo leaders at various levels to protect our people, our homes, and our lands. I urge all our people to rise up in prayer to God in vigilance and in Legitimate defense”, Bishop Obinna stated.
Bishop Obinna’s concern over the security of Igbos is coming on the heels of reported cases of interception of some northern youths at different borders of the states in Igbo land during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
Earlier,Some Igbo groups, including Igbo Town Unions led by Chief Eneka Dive, had issued statements expressing concern over the influx of stranger elements in the region and had written the United Nations and other international organizations to intervene before they strike.
More annoying is the fact that while other regions have made frantic efforts to constitute and equip the local vigilantes, the governors in south East remain unperturbed. This has further fueled the uneasy calm in the region.