Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide Thursday called for support for the security networks instituted by both Southeast leaders and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
While the Southeast leaders called their own Ebubeagu Security Network (ESN), IPOB named theirs, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a press release issued and signed in Abakaliki by the Secretary General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, he advised the both security networks to focus on the enemy and not to be rivals.
The statement reads, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide supports any security attempts or arrangements that will help Ndigbo to curb the nefarious activities and violent killings in the Southeast by the murderous extremists ” killer herdsmen.
“We accept both the Ebubeagu “Security Network” (ESN) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) ,as both were craftily designed for the territorial security of Southeast and should be supported by every igbo, it’s a blessing in disguise that Southeast has two security networks against a common enemy – killer herdsmen/terrorists.
“We are aware of the desperation exhibited by igbo external detractors trying to foist crisis,distrust and egocentric tussles between Ipob’s Eastern Security Network and Southeast Governors’ Ebubeagu Security Network for their inordinate activities to create political tensions and panic in the Southeast.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Congratulate Both Southeast Governors and ipob on the attempts to forestall further killings and violence in the Southeast, but will tirelessly enforce understandings and harmony between all stakeholders in the Southeast by deepening igbos consciousness and alertness on the need for peaceful coexistence between “ESN and Ebubeagu” in defending territorial integrity of Southeast.
“Security is local, every igbo should understand the perilous situation igbos are in for, igbos will stop any rivalry between ESN and Ebubeagu Security Networks, but unite them as sisters organizations aimed towards solving insecurity Challenges in Southeast, igbo should support both groups and there should be synergies with all security formations in the Southeast to end banditry.”