A Catholic Priest and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna; has raised the alarm over a plot by armed herdsmen from Northern Nigerian to wipe out the Igbos. Further, Archbishop Obinna has alleged that the plot involves a take-over of lands belonging to South Easterners.
Consequently, he has called on the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma; as well as other governors in the South East to rise up and defend the people and their lands.
Specifically, the respected Catholic cleric made this call in an open letter dated Monday, June 1st 2020. Indeed, a copy of the letter was sighted by 1st News.
Equally important, Archbishop Obinna is the Archbishop of Owerri, a position he had held since March 26, 1994.
‘‘In the midst of the fear, panic and anxiety caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; it is unfortunate, sad and very depressing that our people are being subjected to vicious threats and acts of invasion; massacre and sack from herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria.
‘‘The hatred against Igbos in Nigeria has been demonstrated through Nigeria’s brutal war against Igbos who has decided to live on their own as Biafrans away from a Nigeria that had rejected them with so many merciless killings in cold blood.
‘‘Not satisfied with defeating us in an uneven war; there is this threat to wipe out the Igbos and take over our God-given homes and lands. Having already spoken to Governor Hope Uzodinma on these threats; I hereby publicly charge him to recognize that it his primary duty as the Chief Security Officer of Imo State to protect the lives of Imo people, their homes and their lands.
‘‘Your Excellency, your voice should be loud and clear on this death issue. I equally charge other Igbo governors and all leaders at various levels to protect our people, our homes and our lands. I urge all our people to rise up in prayer to God, in vigilance and in legitimate self-defence.
‘‘The right to life, to our homes and to our lands is God-given. May God our Supreme Protector and Defender come to our aid,’’ the letter read.