- A south east group has condemned allegations of Islmization of the Nigerian system
- The group called for more realistic approaches to existing security challenges facing the Nigeria
- According to the group, communities should build networks that feed information about suspicious persons to security agencies
The South- East Enlightenment Network (SE-EN) has condemned a recent communiqué issued by a pan-Igbo group, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) claiming there are powerful interests to conquer, occupy and enslave the Igbo people in Nigeria.
The socio-cultural-political group at an emergency meeting of a “consultative caucus of concerned pan-Igbo” organizations said it met to deliberate on issues of “grave and urgent importance that threaten the peace, development and security situation in Alaigbo and elsewhere in the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Reacting to the alarm raised by ADF, the South- East Enlightenment Network called on the general public to disregard it in its entirety while the Igbo nation focuses on robust and more realistic approaches to existing security challenges facing the country as they particularly affect the south east of Nigeria.
The president of the group, Chimezie Egboh JP, in a statement on Sunday, June 9, said Igbos must be wary of being drawn into fighting the wrong enemy by being misled into randomly attacking or killing Muslims or Fulani.
Egboh said the fallout of such mistake would not only be costly it will also stain the south east with the stigma of starting a fight of blame even when there are indications that we have been provoked into taking certain actions.
He also urged the people of the region to reject those that are working with other ethnic nationalities to push us into acting against our own interest by making enemies of other ethnic nationalities before 2023, when alliances will be needed to clinch an Igbo presidency.
The statement read in parts: "This is not to dismiss that there are pressure points in the interaction of nomadic cattle herders and the permanent communities they pass through in the course of taking their herds to pasture."
"Globally, this stressed relationship is recognized as part of the fallouts of human population growth, climate change, and culture-in-transit," Egboh said.
The group further suggested the people of the region hold dialogues and other interactive engagements to explore solutions to the globally identified problems, bring the attention of our political leaders to the proffered solutions and pressure them to adopt same.
Egboh said this will ensure that agreed actions will be systematic, institutional, legal and enduring.
"In the short term, our recommendation is for communities to build networks that feed information about suspicious persons to security agencies and create a format of documenting such reports so that there would be a trail of evidence if security agents fail to act on such information.
"As an intermediate measure, we recommend that Igbos massively support the creation of state and local government police as recommended in the report on Police reform, when the time comes," Egboh added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former president Olusegun Obasanjo accused President Muhammadu Buhari of letting the insecurity issue get out of control by failing to deal decisively with Boko Haram insurgents and killer herdsmen.
On insecurity, the elder statesman said “Every issue of insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling.”
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