We the entire membership of the aforementioned organization write to appreciate our government at both Local and State level for granting amnesty to some of the youths in our communities that gave in to insurrection recently.
It is on record that no other development advocacy group in our clime have objectively criticized our political class than us. But it is also a fact of history that no other group has showed gratitude and appreciation to our leaders whenever they make lofty achievements, more than us too.
We believe like Joseph Story that “a good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained.” And each time our government gets their acts right as they did two weeks ago when the Executive Governor of Enugu State — Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with the help of our amiable Local Government Chairman — Hon. Engr. Prince Ejike Itodo granted exclusive amnesty to our Youths who have voluntarily repented from their nefarious ways of life to be reintegrated into the society.
We released series of memos and Press Statements exhorting our Young men and women against such degeneration of values in the past. Some of these Statements were published across print and online newspapers and can still be revisited via this link: https://news.band/ciny-advocates-immediate-restoration-of-law-and-order-in-igbo-eze-north-lga/
We had also written both open and private letters, offering advisory and contributing our quota towards nation building; and advocacy for an egalitarian Igbo Eze North, where peace, love and justice shall reign supreme.
Today, we are here to express our gratitude to the people’s Mayor — Hon. Prince Itodo and the people’s governor— Rt. Hon. Ugwuanyi for their pragmatic steps in ensuring that peace and stability is restored to our land. This amnesty program was timely and laudable.
We therefore advise all men and women of goodwill in Igbo Eze North to embrace this program to ensure it achieves its purpose to the letter. All our brothers who have surrendered their arms and have expressed desires to be reintegrated into the society are advised to be sincere and diligent in benefiting from the magnanimity of the state government.
Marcus Garvey said what Raggae ace Bob Nesta Marley sang: “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.”
On the final note, we would love the government to be more proactive in implementing the terms of the program. The difference between amnesty and disarmament is that one is a mutual agreement between guerrillas who voluntarily surrendered and government, to help rehabilitate and reintegrate them into the society. While the other involves coercive withdrawal of arms from a group by superior (usually government) authority.
Let government make good their promises of giving the subjects purposeful means of livelihood, through rehabilitation, training and empowerment. In that way, it will be a comprehensive exercise that will lay to rest future insurrection.
We will conclude by appreciating our traditional rulers, elders of thought, political stakeholders, Town Union Presidents and all who helped to make this scheme see the light of the day.
Mr. Chijioke Kevin. Mr. Elder Ikemefuna
President General. Secretary General
Concerned Igbo Eze North Youths (CINY)
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