Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has warned that it would no longer tolerate the slaughter of the Igbos.
The statement was made following a meeting held at the Nike Lake Hotel in Enugu on Sunday.
According to the group, it would use everything available to defend its people in the face of worsening insecurity in the country.
“Ohanaeze hereby states categorically that Ndigbo will not stand by and watch its people slaughtered. Ohanaeze will defend every soul in Igbo land,” Ohanaeze said in its statement read by Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohanaeze.
“Ohanaeze hereby nominates, activates and directs the council of elders made up of reputable Igbo personalities and leaders to engage Ohanaeze state governors immediately on prevailing security challenges.
“Finally, Ohanaeze reminds Ndigbo that there had been difficulties in security in our history in Nigeria. In all these, our determination to protect our homelands and families against aggressors had never wavered and we have always relied on our ingenuity and vigilance to ensure our survival. Let nobody take us for granted.”
Top dignitaries present at the meeting included; Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Mr Peter Obi, Chief Achike Udenwa, Prof. Mrs. Uche Azikiwe, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, Hon Tobi Okechukwu, and Dr Walter Ofonagoro.
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