The Ohaneze Ndigbo, an Igbo cultural group, has lamented what it described as the radicalization of youths in the southeast region of Nigeria. Professor George Obiozor, the Ohaneze’s president-general of the group, said this during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the group.
“Ndigbo are not known for cold-blooded murderous activities. We are also not known for arson. It is most disturbing that we now experience ominous signs of radicalization among a section of our youths. We will continue to appeal to all parents, political and religious leaders to put hands on deck to nip this menace in the bud before it portends a bleak future for our land.
“While we thank the security forces, we feel that more work needs to be done especially in the area of intelligence gathering, by the town unions and villages, as vigilantes and defenders.
“We’ll keep calling on security forces to deploy the instrument of digital technology to track down any internal and external forces that are inciting our people to destabilise our much cherished homeland,” he said.
Obiozor also enjoined citizens of Igbo extraction to participate adequately in the 2023 general election.
“We can only succeed as a people when we are determined to achieve a common purpose and such a time is now. Igbos has a rendezvous with destiny in 2023 and I am sure history will vindicate us,” he stated.