By Chijindu Emeruwa
The apex Igbo youth socio-cultural organizaton, Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has reacted to the ensuing war between former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and Billionaire oil mogul, Prince Arthur Eze.
This comes as the South East Governors Forum and Igbo leaders at the weekend, directed the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to mediate between the crisis that ensued between the former Senate President, Senator Pius Anyim and Prince Arthur Eze.
The chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, made this known to journalists at the Governor’s Lodge shortly after a teleconference meeting with other governors and leaders of the zone.
According to him, the meeting requested the President of Ohanaeze to meet with Prince Arthur Eze and the former Senate President, Senator Pius Anyim and to mediate between two of them.
“The leaders of southeast directed that the two illustrious sons of Ndigbo should seize fire and we appeal to you to give light on this misunderstanding between two of our brothers”.
However, OYC, in a press release jointly signed by its President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and the Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike and forwarded to Akelicious on Sunday night, called on both respected leaders to accept the decisions of Southeast governors.
The Igbo group, applauded the position of the governor’s directing Ohanaeze to interface with the warring Igbo sons, insisting that there is no basis for the duo to engage in feud as it would not augur well to the collective interest of the people of South East region.
Ohanaeze youths cautioned the Anyim and Eze against allowing the wicked wishes of the eternal forces to divide South east as the Igbo nation clamos to occupy Nigeria Presidency in 2023.
The socio-cultural organization also urged the warring parties to jettison feud and join hands with governors from the south east zone to foster unity among the ethnic nationalities in the country.
“The Igbo youths will meet with the both Igbo leaders to discuss some issues affecting Igboland. We laud Prince Prince Arthur Eze for the facilitation of Police Zonal Headquarters in Ukpo, Anambra State, as well, Chief Pius Anyim, for the support Ohanaeze Ndigbo recieved between 2011 and 2015, when he was Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SDF, under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan led administration.
“We are aware that both Igbo leaders are capable of steering the ship of Igbo nation individually and collectively. Igbos needs a strong leader in the absence of our legends, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Eze Ezebuilo Ozobu and Col. Joe Ajuzie. Chief Puis Anyim and Prince Arthur Eze should always protect the interests of igbos ahead of the interests of friends of Ndigbo”.