BY EMEKA EJERE
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has decries the the use of force, intimidation, and violence in handling the crisis in Orsu in Orlu zone of Imo State, saying it will amount to national catastrophe.
President general of the group, Prof George Obiozor, who stated this on Monday when his team visited the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, said those who preached or preferred military solution to Nigeria’s problem were equally a threat to Nigeria’s unity as those enemies they were fighting.
“The use of the violent method will lead to a synchronised national crisis and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria; this too must be avoided,” Obiozor warned..
“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.”
He stated that insecurity in the country was real and should be treated as a matter of national emergency.
Obiozor, however, thanked the South-East traditional leaders for their role in maintaining peace in the zone, adding that the Orlu senatorial zone was relatively the most peaceful in the country.
Reacting, Eze Okeke, who is the Chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers thanked God that peace had eventually returned to Orlu.
He said that the recent crisis between the Eastern Security Network of Indigenous People of Biafra and the military started from the EndSARS riot.
The monarch said, “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.”