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The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has decried the threat of herdsmen in the southeast region, particularly with the fresh slaughter of a 65-year-old farmer, Uzoemena Iriaka, in his farm in Umuekpu, Agwa, Oguta Council Area of Imo State.
According to reports, the farmer was said to have been killed by suspected herdsmen. The apex group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, hence, called on Igbo to protect themselves from the armed rampaging killers as the bloodbath is rampant.
Ohanaeze groaned that Ndigbo has been triggered by the armed herdsmen who virtually slaughter the people every day in their fatherland. “We have been pushed to the wall. We have no other option than to rise now, gird your loins and face the seemingly intractable insecurity,” the group lets out.
In a statement made public by Emeka Attama, the group’s media aide to the group’s President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, and Prince Uche Achi-Ogbaga, the publicity secretary, blamed the killing.
The statement warned that Ndigbo would not continue to stare while Igbos being slain like animals in their farms and homes and urged everyone to rise and protect themselves, Scannews24 gathered.
In his words: “The rampant killing and raping of defenceless people in their homes and farms have made it imperative for people to take all measures possible to defend themselves from these hoodlums”
“Communities should organise themselves and fight back. It is unfortunate that the Federal Government stripped people of their means of self-defence without providing adequate protection for them or ensuring commensurate disarming in the North, especially among herdsmen.
“The Southeast states should expedite action on measures to give their subjects hope of protection from these marauders”
“People, villages, and communities, especially Ndigbo, should rise to defend themselves individually and collectively from such marauding criminals more especially as they are said to be non-Nigerians.
“We just cannot continue to allow foreigners, who do not place any premium on the sanctity of human lives, to come into our homes to kill us like rats. Igbo people should stop the complaints forthwith”
It however, charged residents to always be at alert, take control of road leading to their farmland, stream and business places.
“Guard and defend yourselves from senseless massacres. Cordon off your (track) roads to farms, streams, and other places to avoid being taken unawares”SOURCE: Scannews24.com