It’s time to put behind your differences, unite for Igbo cause, Bishop Onuoha begs Igbo elite, IPOB
. Says in-fighting leading Igbo race to path of destruction
By Steve Oko
Renowned Methodist Bishop, Dr. Sunday Onuoha, has passionately appealed to Igbo political elite and the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as well as other critical non-state actors, to quickly put behind their differences and unite to pursue the Igbo cause.
Bishop Onuoha who is also the Co-Chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, said that the failure of these key actors to resolve their differences now portends grave danger to the survival of the Igbo race.
The 2013 Global Peace Award recipient in a press statement released from his Washington DC Office, lamented that “in-fighting is leading Ndigbo to the path of destruction”.
He advised the various camps not to allow the oppressors to continue to exploit their differences to perpetuate injustice against the Igbo race, arguing that the misunderstanding among them is not irreconcilable.
In the statement entitled “AN URGENT CALL FOR FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILLIATION BEFORE IT IS LATE”, Bishop Onuoha warned that “when brothers fight to death, a stranger inherits their property”.
The statement made available to Wawa News Global read in part:”The pain and trauma that many
people have gone through, and the various ways the lives and properties of our people in the South Eastern part of Nigeria have
been negatively impacted.
“The very essence of our human existence has been threatened by a perpetuation of injury, violation and scarring of our land; and we
appear to be a people at war. It is painful to see these level of broken or fragmented relationships everywhere, as it is leading us
on a path of self-destruction.
“I therefore call for forgiveness and an attempt at reconciliation by all persons. If this does not happen- and happen fast- we shall all
pay heavily for it and our children will not forgive us! The time to act is NOW!
“Each group both government and non-state actors claiming to be acting on behalf of our people and defending our welfare – key
players – must be brought to the dialogue table.
“Let us begin by forgiving one another first. At the dialogue table, may we all relinquish all moral indignation, give up the desire for
retaliation, and focus on the urgent need to regenerate our relationships.
“Let us come together and extract commitments from every aggrieved party, as we frankly confront this hydra-headed enemy that threatens us.
“In a family we all quarrel. Even the tongue and teeth sometimes have misunderstanding.
“The leaders of IPOB must see the pain on the faces of our people and be willing to forgive
anyone they feel have offended them.
” The state actors should also look for a way of forgiving the agitators and treat everyone as members of the same family who have their ways of expressing themselves in protest to perceived injustice.
“We must release or let go of justifiable emotion and retaliation related to the event and dismantle all enemy images and misrepresentations that demonize the other.
“I plead with all parties, in God’s name, to halt the trampling of rights immediately, and take
steps to healing our land.
“Blessings and prayers as always, for the land of our birth.”
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