The apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has listed what it fears may lead to the ultimate disintegration of Nigeria.
President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, said the use of force, intimidation, and violence in the crisis in Orsu in Orlu zone of Imo State, could be triggers.
Such may cause national catastrophe, he said when his team visited the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State
“The use of the violent method will lead to a synchronised national crisis and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria; this too must be avoided”.
According to Ohaneze leader, those who preached or preferred military solution to Nigeria’s problem were equally a threat to Nigeria’s unity as those enemies they were fighting.
“Nigeria is in a precarious situation and a great caution must be taken by the leadership to avoid events that have the capacity of incrementally aggravating or opening more threats of national crisis.”
He stated that insecurity in the country was real and should be treated as a matter of national emergency.
Obiozor, however, thanked the South-East traditional leaders for their role in maintaining peace in the zone, adding that the Orlu senatorial zone was relatively the most peaceful in the country.
“It is surprising to people that this crisis is happening in Orsu in Orlu zone. It should have taken place in the bush instead of the town. We don’t want war but peace”, Eze Okeke, who is the Chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulersresponded.
He however thanked God that peace had eventually returned to Orlu.
According to Ohaneze, the recent crisis between the Eastern Security Network of Indigenous People of Biafra and the military started from the EndSARS riot.
The Eagle can report that last month, members of the Eastern Security Network [ESN] had clashed with soldiers in Orlu town leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
In reaction, Gov Hope Uzodinma imposed a dusk to down curfew in the state.