Amby Uneze in Owerri
Igbo youth bodies under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), yesterday warned those behind the violent crisis in Orlu, Imo State to cease fire in their own interest or face their wrath.
This is even as the youth group accused two top politicians from Orlu and Okigwe zone whose identity they refused to mention as sponsors of the violence.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, President of the group and President General of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Goodluck Ibem, noted that Igbo were highly respected people and therefore cautioned them not to turn Igboland into war zone.
He said, “It’s high time Igbo land stopped being turned into war zone for no just reason. The madness is gradually becoming too dangerous to be left unattended to.
“All parties involved, must stop forthwith, all mindless display of mafia tendencies. Igbo people are highly refined and civilised, hence the shocking surprise of the whole unfortunate incident. We are known for peaceful and progressive conducts in our daily dealings.
“We condemn in the strongest terms, any killings of any Nigeria security operatives that is on legitimate duty. We also frown at any unprofessional conduct from any Nigerian security operatives that might have helped in fueling the crisis.
“We are aware that some politicians in Imo State may be sponsoring militant groups operating in Orlu. Our information is that a top politician from Orlu and Okigwe zones are behind the militant group, of course that is why the battle is in Imo State and not any other state.