Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has reacted to the attack and disruption of a Labour Party meeting in Nomeh, Nkanu East Local Government Area, Enugu State.
The incident occurred on Saturday, when hoodlums stormed the meeting venue and chased party members away during a grassroot meeting, according to reports.
In a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze warned that such an attack should be the last recorded in the Southeast.
Ohanaeze bemoaned the fact that, at a time when individuals and groups across the country and around the world were rallying behind the Labour Party in preparation for the 2023 presidential elections, some disgruntled scoundrels were busy disrupting party meetings in the region.
“Ohanaeze warns that such incidents should be the last to be recorded in any part of Igbo land.”
“All security officers at each unit of Igbo administration are hereby requested to ensure that such irresponsible, unwarranted, and shameful embarrassment to the Igbo will never be repeated,” he said.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, reaffirmed that all political parties in the country are free to market their manifestos and canvass for votes in the country’s southeastern region.
However, the group warned that nothing in the world should “compel the so-called unknown gunmen or the vile partisans masquerading as political leaders to use thugs to disrupt political meetings in Igbo land.”
According to reports, this is not the first time a Labour Party meeting in Enugu State has been disrupted. A similar incident occurred just a few weeks ago in the Coal City State’s Awgu Local Government Area.