Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has vowed to expose those plotting to destabilize the enduring peace in Enugu State.
The Igbo group’s warning is coming on the heels of a statement issued by a group led by one Amb. Tony Chiemelu Obizoba, who claimed he was coming to lead a one million-man march in Enugu to demand Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s scorecard.
Reacting to the development, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said he had long time ago cautioned about the activities of fifth columnists who were uncomfortable with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s good rating ahead of the 2023 elections.
Okwu said it was baseless for any right thinking and honest person to say there was lack of good governance in Enugu State when all indicators and statistics showed otherwise.
He noted that hiding under a non-existing alias, ‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly’ was part of the game plan by politicians who feel so threatened by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s rising profile.
“We read with consternation the report in a section of the media credited to one faceless person, who goes by the name Amb. Tony Chiemelu Obizoba and who claims to be the Director-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide.
“Our first thought was to ignore the faceless report, but we had to respond so as not to allow it to have credence in the minds of some gullible and uninformed members of the public.
“Apart from the fact that there is no such group Igbo land, all the claims made in the said statement are false narratives. Contrary to the baseless claims, Enugu State has remained one of the safest States in the country, even in the face of the current unrest in the South-East and this is as a result of the quality leadership being provided by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
“It is also not in doubt that no governor, since the history of Enugu State, has put up the number of quality infrastructure at the rural communities compared to what Gov Ugwuanyi has done.
“Good governance is not measured by bogus projects but accountability, transparency, human-oriented infrastructure projects, welfarism, among others, and the governor has since scored above average on all these areas as has been attested by credible organizations and agencies.
“It, therefore, beats our imagination that some faceless groups would come up with claims against the Governor. As we said earlier, this is all part of the 2023 game. But we warn seriously that those behind this game should tread with caution. We know them already and we are going to expose them, together with their pay masters in the next coming days.
“The Enugu people are treasuring a peaceful State and we will not fold our hands to allow some selfish people to truncate the peace in the name of selfish politics. It is only God that gives power, it is only God that knows who will live till 2023; for that reason, people should stop playing God just to demonize their perceived political opponents.
“Having said this, we urge security agencies to be on red alert and stop any move to destabilize Enugu State. On our own part, we are already waiting for the said group, if at all they exist. Should they go and import people to come and set fire in Enugu State, they shall receive commensurate fire from the entire Igbo youths.”
Okwu urged the Governor not to be distracted but to continue his good works for the people of Enugu State.
“The entire Igbo youths are behind the Governor, a man of the people, a peace maker, a unifier. He should not lose sleep over the antics of these desperadoes,” Okwu declared.