Owerri – Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), a faction of the Ohanaeze Youth Wing has disowned Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, factional President General of Ohanaeze Ndígbo, following his discrediting of a report from Intersociety, which indicted Governor Hope Uzodinma over alleged human rights abuses such as extrajudicial killings, torture, unlawful detention and burning down of houses which the group claimed, have been going on in the state for the past 41 months.
Intersociety, a Frontline Human Rights organization, that has been universally acclaimed for championing issues of human rights in the South East region had in it’s latest report blamed Governor Uzodinma’s security outfit – Ebeagu, for the killings that have continued unabated in the state.
While speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Owerri, Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka and Comrade Nweke Cedric Ifeanyichukwu, National President General and Secretary General respectively, of a faction of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) lambasted the octogenarian for “failing to speak out against the heightened insecurity and wanton loss of human lives ongoing in Imo State under Uzodinma”.
The statement reads in full:
A TEXT OF WORLD PRESS BRIEFING BY OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL OYC AT OWERRI STATE CAPITAL ON THIS DAY 5th September 2023.
OHANAEZE YOUTHS DISOWN CHIEF EMMANUEL IWUANYANWU; DESCRIBED OHANAEZE NDIGBO AND HOPE UZODINMA AS ACCESSORY OF IMO KILLINGS
GREETINGS GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS.
WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS EXPOSITORY PRESS BRIEFING ON THE CONSPIRATORS IN IMO KILLINGS AND BURNING OF HOUSES SINCE 41 MONTHS.
The attention of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), under the dogged and astute leadership of Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, has been drawn to a malicious cum spiteful, yellow press statement credited to have been issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, under the anti-Igbo leadership of the duo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr Alex Ogbonna disassociating herself from the selfless position of Ohanaeze Youth Council on the incessant, political killings in Imo state under the clueless guyman emperor, Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s rudderless but ruthless reign in Imo State.
The said Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, who dissociated herself through her anti-Igbo feudal demagogues of annoying politicians from Ohanaeze Youth Council over the innocent expository press conference issued on the rash, rampage killings going on at Oguta, and Imo State at large, has proven that she is a maverick, money-making grouping led by notorious conspirators with fecal stains on their ears bankrolled by the arch conspiratorial element like Gov. Hope Uzodinma as masterminds of the killings going on in Imo State since forty one (41) months now.
The so called Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide wrung her hands and had her mouth muted when about eight (8) Otulu youths were butchered in their prime by the demonic blood sucking cult known as Ebube-Agu under the behest and/or goading instructions of Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide national executives were always basking in the comforts of their homes sleeping under air-conditioned apartments when over 170 Houses were burnt down in Oguta with over 50 people killed.
Moreso, yet, even in the sacrilegious faces of the carnages, the dastard destruction of lives, property and the field of bloodbath that took place in Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Ngor Okpala, Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, Okigwe, Isiala mbano, Ehime mbano, Okigwe, Mbaise, Ideato North, and Njaba, the so called Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, the parental body, took to an ominous unperturbed slumber, unconscionably snoring adamantly with no human conscience to caution Gov. Hope Uzodinma and his murderous political mercenaries.
It smacks of a hight of conspiratorial indolence, sychophancy, disappointment and insolent hypocrisy, unfortunately, that the so called Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, a group of Igbo elders that have lost the noble glory and exemplification of Igbo character, as led by some irrelevant political jobbers, demonic fifth columnists, socio-politically dead elements and brutal enemies of our dear State, Eastern heartland, like Gov. Hope Uzodinma, would politically and/or shamelessly ochestrate such an unencouraging bad press, by way of a “bought counter press conference” dissociating themselves from the laudable press conference of Ohanaeze Youth Council after Ohanaeze Youth Council, in her mandate, without fear or favour, had altruistically exposed the sacrilegious killings, systematic conspiracy, harsh as well as the excess governmentalisation of both public and private lives of the Imolites, poor cum rash leadership of Gov. Hope Uzodinma and his socio-political unfitness to be returned, via re-election, as Governor of Imo State come 11th November , 2023.
It is our understanding that it’s not unusual of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu led Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide to have embarked on such denigrading, futile spree of poor media outing after being mobilized heavily with the State fund by Gov. Hope Uzodinma, the piper payer! It didn’t shock us with any iota of surprise.
We therefore wish to inform Ndigbo and the general public that Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide as led by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr. Alex Ogbonna publicity Secretary has gone in connivance with Gov. Hope Uzodinma to further the continuous killings of Igbo youths and others going on in Imo State, especially the most unfortunate recent killings and wanton destructions of lives and property at Oguta after recieving some heavy financial reward from Gov. Hope Uzodinma evidentially signposted by the yellow, counter press conference issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide against the constituted leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council sponsored by Gov. Hope Uzodinma through his puppet of a minion, Mr. Declan Emelumba, Commissioner of Information, Imo State.
It’s quite painful and disheartening that Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, as led by the ambitious duo: Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr Alex Ogbonna kept mute and volunteered a deaf, with cold indifference, on the devastating report of Intersociety group as led by Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi which noted in confirmation that “No fewer than 1,600 unarmed and helpless citizens of Imo State have been killed while 300 others have disappeared without traces between January, 2021and May, 2023 (29 months).
the Intersociety group report further stated, on good authority, that about 700 persons sustained huge decrees of life-threatening injuries with over 900 others abducted within the same period under review and as well noted that 600 out of the 900 were secretly killed by State actors while 300 died in open shootings.
It was further disclosed, vide the said report, that 400 out of the 700 killed by armed non-State actors died in captivity while 300 others were killed in open shootings as the report added that within the same period, 3,500 young people were arrested by the State actors with about 1,400 of them paying through their noses to secure their freedom while over 1,500 of the arrested persons were still being detained in various detention facilities within and outside the State.
The so called leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide was very much aware of the Intersociety group report that finally disclosed that about 1,200 houses were burnt with their 30,000 owners displaced while 500,000 citizens of the State in active age-brackets were forced to flee to escape being shot, killed, exterminated, abducted or disappeared.” What did Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu et el say or do? Nothing!
Assuming but not conceding that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr. Alex Ogbonna were oblivious of the ugly occurrences and/or events that birthed the Intersociety group’s report, now that they are put on the know, we challenge them and their Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, if they are truly serving the interests of Ndigbo, to independently investigate the unnecessary killings and destruction of lives and property herein complained of under the watch of vindictive and/or oppressive government of Gov. Hope Uzodinma and come up with a comprehensive report devoid of being doctored.
It’s on this note we want to categorically inform the general public that Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), which is not the same thing as Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, is not answerable to Gov. Hope Uzodinma as, in the same vein, Ohanaeze Youth Council, under Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka is a committed leadership, not even answerable to the most corrupt Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide under the extreme corrupt leadership of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr Alex Ogbonna, the public secretary who has turned himself to some sort of shameless puppet to Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
Ohanaeze Youth Council is totally answerable both to over 50 millions Igbo youths world over, to the thousands of Igbos killed under the tyrannic and despotic government of Gov. Hope Uzodinma and to the plights, torturing tribulations and sufferings of Ndigbo especially Imo/Oguta people attacked by the military, illegal Ebube-Agu and non State actors who killed and are still killing Igbo people, burning their houses.
The Ohanaeze Youth Council’s position and views on the issues concerning Ndigbo will continue to represent the vast interests of Ndigbo without any fear or favour of any Governor in Igboland. It’s on record that No Igbo Elder or political stakeholder has cautioned Gov Hope Uzodinma over the careless brutal killing burning of people’s houses going in Imo State.
Unfortunately, the Southeastern Governors have failed Ndigbo and it’s regrettably that Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, instead of standing with Ndi Igbo, Imo/Oguta people at their excruciating moments, has chosen to stand with Gov. Hope Uzodinma merely because of peanuts and crumbs that fall from the government house’s table.
It’s obvious that most Igbo elders have become the Esua of our era, sold the destinies of Igbo Youth with mere pottage yam from politicians that have eaten deep into the destinies of Igbo youths and people. It’s appallingly regrettable that an Igbo elder like Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, we call our father at his peak age, could be lying and defending a carnivorous agent like Gov. Hope Uzodinma that has turned Imo State as a slaughter house where the lives of Imo people, especially the youths, at their prime ages, were cut off by Ebube-Agu as well as other Untrained security operatives.
We are aware that even the Boko Haram and Bandits in the North are treated with human face by the Governors and federal government and that’s why we have repented Boko Haram and Bandits but in Igboland, our elders have turned off their eyes as Ebube-Agu and other security Untrained operatives are swimming with blood of both innocent Igbo youths and others perceived as their enemies and/or unilaterally considered criminals through the barrels of their guns
Heaven, Earth and the spirit of Igboland will bear us witness that it’s no longer Britain against the Igbos, fulanis against the Igbos or Yorubas against the Igbos but lo and behold it’s painful and regrettably that it’s corrupt Igbo Elders and Gov. Hope Uzodinma against the Igbos.
We therefore give Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide as led by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Dr. Alex Ogbonna to retract their statement against Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC), steer clear to the activities of Ohanaeze Youth Council and amend their terrible mistakes and silence over the killings of Igbo youths in Imo State by Hope Uzodinma led oppressive government within 72hrs or face unstoppable resistance from Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) and Ndigbo at Large.
Finally, we want to re-emphazise that with the litanies of killings and burning of Houses in Imo State, Gov Hope Uzodinma is not qualified to seek for re-election, and should see his re-election bid as a white elephant project. We assure Ndigbo, with the last drop of our blood, that Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) under the selfless leadership of Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka will not relent in standing for and with Ndigbo/Ndi Imo, particularly Orlu and Oguta people at this perilous, maiming era of despotic reign of the tyrant, Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka
National President General
Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC)
Comrade Nweke Cedric Ifeanyichukwu
Ohanaeze Youth Council OYC
5th September, 2023.