Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing says there may be a war in Anambra state if malignant forces continue to delay the swearing-in ceremony of the national youth leader-elect, Mazi Uchenna Obiora.
Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, the state youth leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra stated this on Wednesday while addressing newsmen in Awka.
He said there was an impending Tsunami in Anambra over the purported delay of the swearing-in ceremony of the new national youth leader, stressing that Igbo youths were no longer patient and were prepared to take their destiny in their own hands.
Okpalaezeukwu further disclosed that the organization heard from the grapevine that Governor Willie Obiano allegedly intended to impose a minority candidate to the detriment of Uchenna Obiora whom he said won the election. He pointed out that the governor might have been misinformed about the whole saga.
He said Igbo youths were watching the Anambra state government as well as the National Executives of Ohaneze Ndigbo to ascertain their positions on the matter, stressing that further delay to swear in Mazi Uchenna Obiora might result in violent protest by Igbo youths.
He also said that some people had blackmailed them, saying they were cultists gathering to disrupt peace in the state. He described such allegations as quite unfortunate even as he disclosed that the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, SSS and the Police had assured youths that whatever information the governor was lacking on the matter would be provided and also resolve whatever conflict hindering the swearing-in ceremony of the new national youth leader within the shortest possible time.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy Hon. Bonaventure Enemali advised youths to be calm and tread with caution as government had intervened and was working towards amicable resolutions.
Enemali explained that government was concerned about the issue and was working towards a decision that would be beneficial to all and sundry, adding that Obiano’s government was youth-friendly as evident in many youths occupying principal positions in his government.