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EKPA: Ohanaeze spokesman, Ogbonnia laments over death threats

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Dr Alex Ogbonnia, the spokesman of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has raised alarm on the outrageous amount of phone calls he has received from unknown numbers containing death threats and accusations of wanting to kill Mr Simon Ekpa, the roguish leader of breakaway faction of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

The image maker of the Igbo group in a statement noted that the accusations against him are malicious and satanic as he is not capable of hurting much more of killing a fly.

He urged Mr Simon Ekpa to return home and make peace as the perennial sit-at-home has done more harm than good to the Igbos.

Ogbonnia also used the opportunity to call on the youths of the Southeast region to look inwards and reflect on the sole purpose of freedom fighting as it is a tool for protecting ones people and not the other way round.

The statement reads, “Since four days ago, my phone has been inundated with phone calls by unknown persons alleging that I “want to kill Mr. Simon Ekpa; and that they will kill me first, before I kill their leader, Mr. Ekpa. Of course, that “I can or will kill Ekpa is the most ridiculous, malicious, mischievous and satanic of all the statements in this “world.

“It is a common knowledge that I don’t have the capacity to kill. I am neither trained as a soldier nor as “a police officer or in any paramilitary organization with a duty to respond to threats to life and property. At “my age, I cannot even kill a fly, talk more of a global Leviathan in the person of Mr. Simon Ekpa.

“In my duty as the spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, I cannot shirk in my duty to stand by the core “Igbo interests and Ohanaeze position on any national issue. Undoubtedly, I expressed the view that the Igbo “have become uncomfortable with the sit-at-home syndrome in the South East of Nigeria.; and that the “persistent sit at home has caused the Igbo more harm than good.

“I also absolved the leadership of “Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the lingering sit at home in the South East, indicating that Ohanaeze is a persuasive “and not a coercive organization, thus does not have the capacity to stop the sit at home. I added that if the “federal government feels that the security of Nigeria is being threatened by anybody or a group, it is the duty “of the government and not Ohanaeze to take the necessary action. I emphasized that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has “appealed to our son, Mr. Ekpa to come home for a dialogue and that we will continue to appeal for peace in “the South East. This is the Ohanaeze position and indeed that of the Igbo Leaders.

“Let it be known that in spite of the threat to my life and indeed every other patriotic Igbo leader, the “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu, CFR, OFR, MFR, “GCSI, FNSE, FNIST, FNICE, KSC (Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo) will continue to remind the Igbo youths that it is a “contradiction to face the barrel of the gun inwards. The primary duty of a freedom fighter is to defend and “protect his people, and not the contrary. It is inconceivable how the destruction of Igbo economy through “the intermittent sit at home syndrome will resonate with the central philosophy and aspirations of the Igbo “in the present Nigeria.

“Finally, I wish to assure our son, Mr. Simon Ekpa, that Ohanaeze Ndigbo is interested in his well-being, and “cannot contemplate nor be a party to neutralizing or killing him. The mischief makers are once again at “work. There is no record where an officer of Ohanaeze has ever killed or taken part in a conspiracy to kill an “Igbo or any person for that matter. Part of our duty, as leaders, is to appeal to our sons of all persuasions “that we can work together in the interest of the Igbo.”

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