Thousands of youths in Onitsha under the aegis of the Onitsha Youth Council of Nigeria (OYCN) have marched round the city to condemn violence in all its ramifications.
While those from the North took off from Ime Obi Eze Onitsha, those from the South took off from Central School, Odakpu to various points major areas of the metropolis.
They marched through various important routes in the two Local Government Areas — North and South.
The two Transition committee chairmen, Mr Patrick Agha Mba and Mr Emeka Asoanya addressed them at various points.
They essentially condemned violence and wanton destruction of property in the commercial city of Onitsha by hoodlums in the name of end #EndSARS protests.
They bore placards bearing inscriptions like `Miscreants, stay away from Onitsha’, `Stop terrorising our Police Stations’, and `Enough is enough ‘.
In a speech on the essence of the exercise, Mr Agha Mba who doubles as OYCN President said the youths were not happy at the way that miscreants hijacked the #EndSARS protest, wreaking havoc in its wake.
They torched the statue of the 1st President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Owelle of Onitsha, whose bronze statue had been standing at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School roundabout since the 1960s.
The bronze work was sculpted by renowned international visual artist, Prof. Ben Enweonwu.
It was only recently that the round was remodeled and made even more prominent adding other aesthetics within. This was bankrolled by the present Anambra State Government under Gov. Willie Obiano.
Mr Mba as chairman, Onitsha North LGA insisted that Onitsha must remain peaceful and safe, cautioning that there was no more room for unwarranted destruction of life and property in the area.
He commended the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe and Gov. Willie Obiano for their youth-friendly disposition.
President-General, Onitsha Improvement Union, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, extolled the orderly conduct of the youths during the march and reminded them of the need to always remain alert.
Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe had earlier enjoined the traditional rulers in the state to mobilise their youths and resources within their reach against the activities of hoodlums and miscreants who had hidden under EndSARS protest to cause destruction.
A police Station at 3-3 area of Onitsha was torched but the one in Fegge, Onitsha South, was spared because of an apparent benevolence of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) known as CSP Rabiu Garba for exceptional benevolence to residents of the community. (MOI)