During the Ofala festival in Ogidi community, Anambra State, HRM Igwe Pharm Alex Onyido, the traditional ruler, urged the federal governemnt to secure the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). The monarch emphasized the potential positive impact on reducing crime and insurgency in the South-East region.
Highlighting the ongoing efforts to address crime, especially kidnapping and cultism, in the South-East, the monarch underscored the need for national unity and equal human rights for all citizens.
The monarch drew attention to the consequences of Kanu’s continued detention, asserting that it hinders the progress of the Southern region and fuels youth restiveness. He emphasized the importance of guaranteeing basic human rights to all citizens, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds, and advocated for the elimination of distinctions between first and second-class citizens in the country.
In response to the security challenges, the Ogidi community has established a security committee collaborating with security agencies. The committee aims to address various security breaches and is actively involved in organizing youth conventions.
These conventions feature seasoned resource persons who educate the youth on the current insurgency and the dangers associated with cultism, contributing to community-based efforts to enhance security and awareness.
IMAGE: People’s Gazette