On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, The Engr. Chidi Ibeh-led faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said Ndigbo will hold Governor Hope Uzodinma responsible and accountable for any life lost in Imo State under any guise following the clash between the Nigeria Military men and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The report has it that one person has died in the ESN and soldiers clashed in Orlu, Imo State on Monday.
The clash was said to have occurred during a military operation in the community suspected to be the operational base of the Eastern Security Network.
The Eastern Security Network is a regional security outfit recently launched by the IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
And the Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo faction said it has launched investigations into the clash, insisting that the loss of lives and property were unnecessary.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that Hope Uzodinma, the state Governor must ensure that normalcy is immediately restored in Orlu and its environs, adding that Ndigbo is peaceful people and must not be provoked.
In its statement signed by Media Adviser to the factions Secretary-General, Kalu Mkpa Uduma, it said there are proofs that property worth billions of Naira were destroyed “and we call for truce and settlements of those that lost their lives and properties in the clash.”
“We believe in the advancement of Igbo genuine courses in Nigeria. We have the mandate of Igbos to engage Nigerian authorities on the grievances of Igbo youths,” the faction added.
The Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo faction said the remote cause of Biafra agitation must be addressed, insisting that dialogue remains the global asset of settling disputes.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to take appropriate actions to ensure that there’s a dialogue between him and IPOB, as what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.
“Governor Uzodinma should be wary of a verdict of history. Whatever decisions taken today in the course of protecting lives and properties should not involve military operations in civil disobedience or self-determination.
“Ndigbo will hold Governor Uzodinma accountable and responsible for any life lost in Imo state under any circumstances. “
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