“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.”
This was the submission of the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, during a World Conference organised in Enugu to announce the programme for September 29 Igbo Day Celebration.
The Igbo Leader appealed to the federal government to assist the Southeast zone with the reconstruction of railways, creation of seaports and more international airports to ease their businesses.
He expressed worry over the lingering insecurity in the region, pledging to use non-kinetic approach to resolve the challenge. He appealed to the people causing bloodshed to embrace peace.
Chief Iwuanyanwu described the killings and bloodshed in the southeast as ‘strange’, saying: “as a father, I am tired of the death of my children and they have given me the responsibility to lead them.”
He said that each time he hears 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 said that security of every place in Nigeria is a collective responsibility of everyone, pointing out that the Federal Government alone cannot handle it.
He said that during the Igbo Day Celebration he would announce the non-kinetic approach to end insecurity in the zone.
“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.”
Chief Iwuanyanwu said that he would also resolve all the political crisis among the political leaders in the zone by reconciling them to move the region forward.