Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has given seven days ultimatum to former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim and a former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu and other Ebonyi political leaders to ceasefire and promote peaceful coexistence amongst all political parties.
The Youth wing of the apex Igbo socio cultural organization also advised Anyim and Egwu to eschew bitterness and avoid acts capable of truncating the peaceful atmosphere of Ebonyi, stressing that they have been noticing resentment and bickering coming from both leaders against their state Governor, Dave Umahi.
OYC said that it is unfortunate that the resentment and bickering which has led to misguided ultrances and behaviours by political leaders like Anyim and Egwu have heightened political tensions in Ebonyi since Umahi’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a release signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of OYC, Comrade Obinna Achionye, Deputy President General and Mazi okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General, the Igbo Youths urged the political leaders not to use the defection of their state Governor, Umahi from the PDP to the APC as a yardstick to instigate political tension in their currently peaceful state.
News Echo had reported that former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim on Monday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and the DSS over alleged plot by Umahi to kill him for not defecting from the PDP to the APC with him.
OYC said the group still recall the political crisis that led to untimely deaths of hundreds of young people in Ebonyi state, based on the feud between Dr. Sam Egwu and Senator Pius Anyim during the tenure of Dr. Egwu as Governor and Sen Anyim as Senate President.
He stressed that the ugly experience of that era had remained indelible in the minds of people and there are attempts to repeat that violence again in 2020 through the ongoing recruitment of cultists and radical Biafra agitators by Ebonyi Leaders against Governor Umahi.
OYC said that it obnoxious for a group of leaders to be plotting such move with evil intend to set their own state ablaze and cautioned that such unreasonable moves