The apex youth organization of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) has decried the unguided utterances, actions and inactions of Nigerian leaders and youths especially to shun violence and embrace peace at all times, saying “our youths won’t pay with their blood again”.
The Youth Council which is ably led by Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka after a critical stakeholders meeting in Abia state chapter of Ohanaeze Youth Council frowned at the stake failure of Nigeria Political Elders From 1960 to 1966 which led to the anger of Young Military (Youth) in Nigeria to Revolt.
The 1966-1970 Genocide/War against Ndigbo was a remote cause of political Elders and immediate cause by the Youth; and the Youths paid so dearly for it.
Unfortunately, today the political Elders who saw the war and learnt No lesson from the war want to lead the Youths into another war/crisis by their utterances even the President Muhammadu Buhari’s utterances and actions.
The youth that fought the war are the elders In Nigeria today, and have held on to power for 51 years. Their colossal leadership failure, looting, injustice, marginalization and violent killings against Igbo Youths is a deliberate attempt to lead the present Youths into war/crisis.
But we are wise this time. Let every Youth rise now and reject incoordinate Incitement and Act by politicians that will lead the Youth and Teenagers to Experience what they saw In 1967-1970.
The Youths won’t pay the ultimate price of war in Nigeria again, dialogue and diplomatic approach shall give us all we need even the quest for Self-Determination.
The viable option for Igbo, political and Religious Elders from National Assembly, State, LGA and Community levels should be to convoke Immediate meeting between the Youths and the Elders at the various levels within 60 Days.
Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) therefore gives political Elders/Office holders and Religious of Igbo extraction 60 days to go back to the drawing board, their various Communities to know why the Youths are angry (Youths Restiveness) and collectively proffer immediate solution.
Special Assistant Media & Publicity To The National President, Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC
5th August 2021