…Wants IPOB De-Proscribed
By Jude Atupulazi
The decision of the Federal Government to revoke gun licences of genuine gun owners has attracted the wrath of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze, which is also demanding the de-proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Speaking with Fides in Awka, the Anambra State Chapter President of the umbrella Igbo group, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene, wondered why the Federal Government would consider withdrawing genuine gun licences given to people amid the breakdown of security in the country.
This is even as Ohaneze has demanded the unbanning of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by the Federal Government.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had announced its decision to withdraw gun licences given to individuals and unconventional security outfits in the country.
But the Ohaneze has viewed such a plan as insensitive, given what it called the near total breakdown of security in the country amid the danger posed by Fulani herdsmen to host communities across the country.
Ogene who wondered why the FG had not first combated the insecurity in the country and disarmed the Fulani herdsmen before thinking about revoking gun licences, described the FG’s move as insensitive.
He said that the withdrawal of the licences meant that the citizens could no longer defend themselves against any act of insurgency, as even the local vigilantes would not bear arms.
He also wondered why the FG had not first gone against the marauding Fulani herdsmen who, he said, had been terrorizing the citizenry across the country. He regretted that rather than going up against the herdsmen, the FG was instead fighting and proscribing a harmless group of IPOB members who bore no arms and who were only agitating for a fair deal for their people.
He therefore urged the FG to immediately unban IPOB and shelve plans to revoke gun licences.
Meanwhile the National Executive Committee, NEC, of Ohaneze has given kudos to the Anambra State Chapter for its performance. This followed the Annual Report received by NEC at its meeting of March 27 this year.
The State Executive Committee, SEC, also joined the NEC in extolling what it called the purposeful and transparent leadership of the state Ohaneze since its inauguration.
It praised the state President, Okeke Ogene, for his impressive representation of the state chapter at the national level, which it noted, culminated in the appointment of Ogene by the NEC as National Liaison Officer, Youth Affairs; as well as his unanimous election by state chapters presidents as their chairman. This was contained in a letter of commendation signed by the state secretary, Chief Mich Nwabueze.
In another development, the NEC of Ohaneze has directed the Anambra State Chapter President of the body, Okeke Ogene, to head a committee to investigate a case of financial impropriety levelled against the Imo Chapter President, Dr Ezechi Chukwu.
The NEC charged the Ogene-led committee to investigate and resolve the matter and report back to the NEC at its next meeting.