The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Youth Council has condemned the invasion of the Abuja home of the chairman of the South East Governors Forum and the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi by police.
The Council in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday said the invasion which happened in the early hours of Monday,barely two days after the Umahi-led South East Governors Forum banned the movement of armed Fulani Herdsmen in the region by yet to be identified policemen was an attempt to intimidate South East Governors.
“This is a clear evidence that those sponsoring terrorism in the SouthEast through the nefarious activities of murderous herdsmen have developed cold feet and had met their Waterloo as Ohanaeze youths ensure that the enforcement of the ban starts immediately and no threat on the Governors will reverse the ban on the pastoralists” they said.
“We are fully aware that many intimidation and blackmail plots are lined up for SouthEast Governors ahead, especially using Anti-graft agencies to scuttle the rising profile of SouthEast Governors ahead of the realization of Nigeria’s Presidency project of Igbo stock 2023, no weapon can destroy an idea whose time has come irrespective of the nefarious activities of these political cartels”.
They called on the Inspector General, Mohammed Adamu, to unravel the identity of the policemen behind the invasion else, they will expose them to Nigerians.
“From intelligence report, those behind the Abuja invasion of Governor Umahi’s residence are highly placed politicians who are afraid of the resolutions of the SouthEast Governors on the ban on Herdsmen conveying cattle on foot, and we ask IGP to fish out those that commanded the police officers to illegally invade the house of Ebonyi State Governor, we expect the IGP to expose them immediately or Igbo youths will expose them for Nigerians to know the details.
“we will no longer tolerate any further intimidation of SouthEast Governors from any quarter from henceforth, the current Political Persecution of SouthEast Governors by these faceless political Cartels is to forestall 2023 Igbo Presidency project and reversal of the ban on Herdsmen movement of cattle on foot, their evil plot is dead on arrival.”