By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
The apex Igbo youth sociocultural organisation, Ohananeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redeploy the military in the southeast, alleging corruption and brutality across the 95 local government areas in the zone.
A press release by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, said the call became necessary in view of the falsehood that surrounds the brutal killing of Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzuoukwa at a checkpoint in Ohanze in Isiahia of Abia state.
Isiguzoro, who called on the military in the southeast to tender unreserved apology to Ndigbo, urged the people of the zone to shun any planned protest, as he commended the Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for containing the situation.
The release states, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide laud governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his timely intervention to halt further violent protests by agitators and angry Igbo youths that would have lead to reprisal attacks on the military over the untimely death of Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzuoukwa.
“Chimaobi was murdered for his alleged refusal to give ₦100 bribe to the military at a checkpoint in Ohanze in Isiahia in Obingwa, 3km away from Aba metropolis. The killing of late Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzuoukwa is the height of unofficial brutality and corrupt practices committed across the 95 local government areas in the Southeast, and we call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as a matter of urgency, to give a marching order to redeploy all the military leadership in the Southeast.
“We are shocked by the compromised and distorted statement marred with deceptive intentions credited to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the 82 Division, Aliyu Yusuf, who dished out lies alleging that the killing was perpetrated by unknown gunmen in military camouflage.
“This is the height of unofficial assault on Ndigbo and we urge the military to apologise to Ndigbo as we have uncovered from intelligence report that Cpl Ajayi was arrested on Wednesday trying to flee and he is currently detained, which contradicts the earlier falsehood dished out to decieve the public.
“As Ndigbo awaits the unreserved apology from the military, we wish to call on aggrieved persons, youths and Biafra agitators to shelve any planned violent protest or reprisals attacks as Abia state government had brought succour to the deceased family.
“There is no need to retaliate against the military through violent protests, because, we believe that our 12 pages petitions to United Nations, and Africa Union on the unprofessional misconduct and corrupt practices by the military in the Southeast Nigeria, the excesses and genocidal tendencies of the military must be checkmated. Igbo youths mourn Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzuoukwa, who was brutally murdered by the military, and ask God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss”, it concluded.
By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki