Prof. George Obiozor, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has applauded the military for its playing it’s role in the restoration of peace and stability to South East region.
The applause was mentioned yesterday in Enugu, when he hosted the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Maj-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, at the national secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
While conveying pleasure with his visit, he said that without stability, nations could not progress and that without the armed forces there would be more crises.
Obiozor classified the Nigerian Army among the best in Africa and called on the armies to proceed with doing their best to ensure peace and security nationwide.
In response, Lagbaja depicted Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a key stakeholder in the management of the division’s core area of responsibility.
He praised the Ohanaeze leadership for their recent pronouncement against the use of force to ensure the secessionists’ planned sit-at-home order.
While ascertaining South East residents of security, the General cautioned agitators against any violation of security.
In the same vein, Igbos for Progressive Nigeria (IPAN) has called on Nidigbo to strive for peace instead of beating the drums of war.
Speaking during a breakfast meeting with newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, yesterday, the National Leader of IPAN, Lawrence Onuzulike, called on Ndigbo to evade any situation that would transpire in deaths and damage of property.
He further prompted them of their stance as strong stakeholders in the affairs of Nigeria, persuading them to hold strongly to their own share of the national cake.
He equally frowned on the behavior of some Igbo people who establish businesses outside the region instead of within their environment.
“The South East zone must avoid whatever will cause them to go to war in Nigeria. We are yet to fully recover from experiences of the civil war between 1967 and 1970. Our homes were devastated. We were refugees.
Thousands of people died, many people were yet to be unaccounted for, some have not recovered from injuries sustained and properties were lost.
“We are among the people who own this country. We should stand to claim what belongs to the zone. People should not run away from the country.” He urged.