Onitsha-President-General, Onitsha improvement Union (OIU), Sir Chike Ekweogwu has cautioned hoodlums to keep away from the Onitsha as infrastructure here are largely build by state, community and individual efforts.
This is one city that has from time been offering homes and immeasurable bussiness opportunities to millions of Igbos and other ethnic nationalities.
Sir Ekweogwu said this after a peaceful march round parts of the city youths of Onitsha indigenous community that took place on Oct. 26. He exchanged views with Anambra State Information officers resident in the town.
The peaceful march kicked-off from Ime Obi to Zik’s House through the Round About down to the Main Market through the Old Cemetery Road back to Ime Obi.
The PG affirmed that the peaceful youth march was carried out to send a strong resentments to all and sundry under the directives of Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, that they were unhappy at the action of the hoodlums.
“We went round to let people know that the destruction of property is not a solution to the problems we are faced with in Nigeria.
“All the Police Stations, Zik’s Round About and Zik’s Statue that were set ablaze have nothing to do with the injustice they were complaining about.
“We are happy that the Federal and State Governments have listened to the genuine youths and agreed to do something,’’ he said.
“We are also aware that the Anambra State Government under Gov. Willie Obiano has also commenced some remedial measures.’’
He noted some of the destroyed property belong the state government and some by individuals; they were erected through community efforts and not by the FG.
“It is sad that we have to go back to reconstruct them; for instance the 3-3 Police Station that was set ablaze was built by the community and handed over to the Police.
“Zik lived his life and has done so much for the FG and accomplished a lot for the entire Eastern Nigeria.
“I feel sorry that people lost their lives during the protest; but what happened in Onitsha is unfortunate,’’ he said, praying God to grant their souls eternal rest.
He said anyone who would want to cause disruptions to free flow of movement of the masses and their activities in Onitsha would be apprehended to face the law.
“Onitsha is a peaceful town that accommodates people, irrespective of the tribe/state of origin.
Source: Anambra State Government