The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has bemoaned the use of ‘excessive force’ by the Nigerian military in the region.
1st News had reported that the Nigerian military had performed some raids in trying to dislodge operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), from forests in Orlu local government area of Imo State.
However, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, who spoke while visiting the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu, His Royal Majesty, Eze Dr E. C Okeke, on Monday, February 22, frowned at the use of force, intimidation, and violence in the area.
He added that if it is allowed to get out of hand, it could lead to a national catastrophe.
Obiozor said those who “preached or preferred military solutions 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,” the Ohanaeze chieftain said.
“The use of the violent method will lead to a synchronised national crisis and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria; this too must be avoided.
“Insecurity in the country is real and should be treated as a matter of national emergency. That is the only way we can get out of this quagmire so that it will not consume us as a nation.”
While reacting to the message by Obiozor, Eze Okeke, who is also the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers; thanked God that peace had eventually returned to Orlu.
“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,” he said.