Ohanaeze youths condemn attack on Ekweremadu
. Say It’s wake-up call for Igbo leaders
By Steve Oko
Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has condemned the Saturday attack by aggrieved members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB , on the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in
National President of OYC, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, who condemned the violent attack on Ekweremadu , pleaded with him to forgive his attackers.
Igboayaka in a press release by his Media Aide, Chukwuemeka Chimerue,
commiserated with Ekweremadu on the unfortunate attack .
He however, said the attack was a wake-up call on political leaders in Alaigbo to take governance seriously and advance the cause of the masses who gave them the mandate.
According to OYC, “the attack portrays the level of hunger, injustice, marginalization and dissatisfaction of the dispositions of the ruling class on citizens which calls for improved representation by the political leaders.”
A statement by OYC National President, Comrade Igboayaka. O Igboayaka read in part : ” This is always obtainable in an atmosphere whereby the masses are disengaged from the political class who take leadership for granted, only to satisfy their own personal goals while abandoning the people to live in penury.
“For the fact that the act is highly condemnable but it goes a long way to show that the people have been severally pushed to the wall and the untold hardship in the land can cause the younger generation of Igbo leaders to unleash violence on their leaders.
“Therefore, it has become absolutely necessary and paramount that Igbo leaders takes the business of governance seriously and fight for the masses rather than protect their personal interests on primitive accumulation of wealth.
“World history is replete with “frustrated” men who threw caution to the wind to challenge the establishment that represented their woes! It is only a function of time that the anger and pains in the heart of every youth in the Nigerian enclave will bring down the foundations of that partial and skewed system.
” Just like as has been the case in other climes, there were no hiding places, especially to Igbo leaders who derive joy in sabotaging the common interest of the people.
“Such politicians and leaders who jeopardize the people’s interest, either overtly or covertly are replete in Igboland and we advice that they quickly amend their steps before they incur the wrath of the over 20 million unemployed Igbo youths.”
OYC urged Igbo leaders “must take the unfortunate attack on Ekweremadu as a leverage to rise up to their responsibility and advance the cause of Ndi Igbo by every means necessary.
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