Ohanaeze Ndigbo General and the Youth wing have declared support for the just-launched internal safety group, Eastern Security Network (ESN) by the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) — ScanNews
It was revealed on Tuesday in a release signed and seen by the SCANNEWS24 through Chukwuemeka Chimerue, the group’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the National President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC).
He remarked while issuing a disclaimer concerning publication making rounds on media that the group is against the establishment of ESN.
While denying the misleading report, Igboayaka warned Igbo at large and the general public that the news with picture that ‘OYC is not in support of the launching of the Eastern Security Network by IPOB’, making round the social media, did not officially came from their office.
“We wish to state categorically that at no point in time did we issue any official or unofficial press statement relating to the issue of Eastern Security Network and we would like it to remain that way” as he spoke in parts.
According to the statement, OYC would use a well known platform if truly the acclaimed information was issued by them, pleading with the public to ignore the report.
He warned against such publications without permission of the OYC youth leader adding that such does not represent the intention of the group.
The President of the group however, assured that Ohanaeze Youth would support any security measure in Igboland that is for protecting life and property.
“We, therefore, wish to inform the general public and Ndigbo at large that Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) under the leadership of Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka support every security measure in Igbo land to protect our life and property.
“We have directed our legal team to get in touch with legit.com online media and sue them for defamation of character and organization”.
Similarly, Ohanaeze General has also thrown their support for ESN based on the condition the avenue created will not be used to intimidate other regions.
The outgoing President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia John Nwodo communicated through his spokesperson Emeka Attama via a telephone conversation with British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC on 12 December 2020.
Nwodo noted that the safety plan was important to help restore hope and security in the region.
He told BBC: “We will support the plan as long as it is not used against others, especially non-Igbo people,” he said.
He, however, regretted that the Igbo most cultural group were not happy that Nnamdi Kanu did not pre-inform them before embarking on setting up the internal security outfit.