The Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has committed to employ a non-kinetic strategy to address the security issues in the region of the South East by urging those who stir up violence to embrace peace.
This information was provided by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, at a world conference the organisation arranged to reveal the schedule for the Saturday, September 29, Igbo Day Celebration in Enugu.
Iwuanyanwu, who described the killings and bloodshed in the southeast as ‘strange’, said as a father, “I am tired of the death of my children and they have given me the responsibility to lead them”.
According to him, each time I hear anybody killed, I feel sad because most of them are doing what they are doing because of hunger and unemployment.
“I am not saying that hunger and unemployment will make one to be a criminal but not everyone has capacity to endure hunger”.
The president-general insisted that everyone in Nigeria must work together to ensure the security of every location, pointing out that the Federal Government cannot handle it on its own.
He promised to reveal the non-kinetic strategy to put an end to insecurity in the area during the Igbo Day Celebration.
“As a father, I will call and appeal to everybody to embrace peace and the non-kinetic approach requires everybody’s support both state and the federal government for us to have peace in southeast.
“Whatever sacrifice to bring non-kinetic approach to bring an end to bloodshed and killing in Igboland, I will do it.
“I am going to reach these people by any means to beg them or even given my life if they want it; I will surrender it to ensure peace reigns in the region,” the Igbo leader said.
He said he would send a delegation to Finland and other places to beg those causing bloodshed in the southeast.
“We are not going to arrest or kill them. I don’t want to kill any of our children; we are going to appeal to them to tell us what they want us to do.
“Those who are hungry, we will find them something to do to keep them happier but letting of bloodshed and killing should stop.
“It is not easy to stop a hungry person who has found means of getting livelihood through guns but as a father, I will go and cry to them and I am praying God that these my approach work out well,” he said.
In order to advance the region, he continued, he would also mediate any political disputes between the political leaders in the zone.
The Igbo Leader pleaded with the federal government to help the region by building new seaports, international airports, and railways to ease business.
“The issue of sharing rice as palliative does not have any meaning to any Igbo man but what you can do for him is to give him opportunity to make a living for himself,” he said.