By Emmanuel Uzodinma
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Wednesday, warned various groups in the South-East to stop increasing the existing tension in Abia State.
The warning is sequel to a media interview by one Igwekala Leo Ugomaduefule, the National President of a group known as Ndigbo Bu- Otu, where he asked the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu to resign.
Reacting through a statement by chairman of all States Chairmen of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Alex Okemiri, the group cautioned against any action that would be contrary to the rule of law.
It maintained that “Abia, a state in Igbo land should not be a testing ground for lawlessness. Nigeria is not a Banana!Republic and the South-East should not be used for such experiment.
“We are amazed that a group suddenly emerged and started talking about the Abia stalemate. There are other issues affecting Ndigbo such as the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, need for restructuring and true federalism but this faceless group never talked about it.
“The Ohanaeze Youth Council is warning this group to desist from stoking ember of confusion in Igbo land. We have already declared the self-styled members of the above group persona- non-grata and we expect the general public to treat them as such.”
The OYC further urged the feuding parties in the Abia stalemate to utilize all the legal windows open to them, stressing “any attempt to forcefully remove Governor Okezie Ikpeazu will be vehemently resisted by Ndigbo.
“Our advice to Uche Ogah is to toe that path of peace and stop allowing outsiders to use him in creating a situation of confusion in Igbo land. What we are experiencing right now cannot happen elsewhere and for that we say unequivocal no to it.”
It added that “if this faceless group continues with this mischievous action, we shall stop at nothing to unveil them and make them face the consequences of their actions.”