By Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
The National Chairman of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Chief Dan Nwanyanwu has said the sustained
The ZLP Chairman said the legitimate agitation for an equitable and fair society in Nigeria and the anger against marginalization against the Igbo people can never be resolved through violence.Chief Nwanyanwu in a chat with journalists in Abuja Thursday said there is also the dimension of possible sponsorship of “unknown gunmen” to carry out attacks in Igbo land in order to demark the zone against the 2023 general election.
According to him, “Let it be stressed that the genocide attitude of some of our security agencies who conducted themselves as though they were unleashed on the people of the southeast for annihilation is highly provocative, condemnable and atrocious.
“There is no justification in any civilized society for policemen and soldiers to round up unarmed and innocent young men and women for slaughter. Many have been abducted from their residences, some woken up from their sleep, taken away and eliminated.
“The perpetrators of this provocative act openly boast of what they have been directed to do in Igbo land and they openly speak in Hausa, creating an impression that rather than being security agents to maintain law and orders, they are an occupation army.
“It is important to caution that there is a limit to which these genocidal conduct can be endured. It is therefore advised to rein these misguided security agents and if possible withdraw them and deploy them to the various war fronts in various parts in the North where their services are more needed and where they can prove their bravery in the execution of war. This advice should be considered urgently as the patience of the people is fast running out.
“In the same token, I wish to re-emphases my admonition to some of our young men and women, who under the cover of agitation for self determination attack security personnel and desist from such act forthwith they are the ones who are attracting the invasion of our land area by blood thirsty men of the police and Army to our area. It is self destruction to set your people up for annihilation. It defies logic it is simply stupid and wicked.
“The legitimate agitation for an equitable and fair society in Nigeria and the anger against marginalization against the Igbo people can never be resolved through violence. We cannot cut our nose to spite our face. It is embarrassing, It is counterproductive, it is primitive.
Ndigbo are well beyond these characteristics.
“There is also the dimension of those who have not overcome their loss of the immediate past election in Imo state. Most of the leaders of these losers in a democratic contest have not hidden their open disclaim for the victorious government of Senator Hope Uzodimma. They have openly and in many open ways including organizing street protest seek to make Imo State ungovernable to distract Governor Hope Uzodimma and to create the impression that the people of Imo State have not accepted his victory.
“These are facts that are self evident/my appeal to these people and their followers is that Imo State belong to all of us, it is now over a year since that election came and passed and were rested. Inspite of these unfortunate distraction and subversive activities of these elements amongst us, the Governor has shown capacity, commitment tolerance, and patriotism in his style of governance.
“Again, the rapid strides in development in Imo State in the past one year is also self evident.
The government can achieve a lot more in an atmosphere of peace and unity.”
Chief Nwanyanwu also condems the utterances of supposed prominent Nigerians in high places including misguided leaders of Psudo organizations purporting to speak for the North who have ceased every opportunity to exaggerate the direction of the attack in the Southeast and follow up such deliberate incitement to threaten death and genocide on Igbo people all over the country.
“This is being intensified as we approach 2023. Some of these so called leaders are uncomfortable with what has become a near national consensus, that Equity, Justice and fair play demand that the presidential slot for 2023 should be reserved for the people of the Southeast Geo-political zone of Nigeria as has been done since 1999 till present time, where rotation between the North and the South has become a convention of our National power rotation.
“I appeal to President Mohammed Buhari not to loose sight of the fact that he is the father of the Nation. God has endured him with the necessary powers to promote peace and unity in the country.
“He should have an inclusive government, treating every section of the country with justice and fairness. I believe that he should use his remanding two year left in his eight years tenure to heal wounds, abridge the divisions that currently exist and restore the confidence of majority of Nigeria in the Nigeria project. He must aim to leave Nigeria more united than he met it.”