By Larry Onwuta
The Pan Igbo Grassroots Sociocultural Organization, Imeobi Igbo Forum has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately call the Arewa Youth Leader Yerimah Shettima to order, for his threat to force almajiris on Igbo States.
National President of Imeobi Igbo Forum, Chief Dr Mike Ikegulu in a statement jointly signed with Bar Chibuike Nwabueze National Secretary and made available to Journalists in Enugu said this is not the first time he has threatened the corporate existence of Nigeria without caution.
The group noted that trailer loads of potential Covid 19 infected people suspected to be almajiris being transported from the North to Igbo States of Southern Nigeria have been intercepted at some of our borders.
Imeobi Igbo Forum President, Dr Mike Ikegulu however appreciated the efforts of the Governors of the Igbo States of Nigeria and the sacrifices of Ndigbo to protect themselves from the Covid 19 pandemic.
He also urged the Governors of the Igbo States as Chief Security officers of the States, to double their efforts to ensure that these human cargoes are intercepted and turned back.
“Activities flouting the orders of Government on border closures have not abated”. “Imeobi Igbo Forum calls on all security agencies charged with that responsibility to be patriotic to their duties. One sure way is to allow vehicles pass every 30 minutes except emergencies. This would provide time for the necessary checks on the pool as the human cargoes are usually clandestinely hidden amidst cattle and food stuffs in trailers” he stated.
It could be recalled that Imeobi Igbo Forum in a previous Press Statement had called for the South East Governors to set up a security outfit akin to the Amotekun of the South West but modified to our unique culture.
According to the national President of the Forum, the lack of heed to this advice has created a vacuum allowing infiltration of the almajiris from the northern part of Nigeria.
Imeobi Igbo Forum called on the Northern Governors who are exporting almajiris across Nigeria to stare clear of the Igbo States, as Ndigbo have no almajiri culture and will not tolerate or accept such practices in the region.
In his words, “God in his infinite mercies has spared the Igbo States from the Covid 19 that is ravaging in a number of States in Nigeria”.
“Imeobi Igbo Forum urges the Governors of the Igbo States as Chief Security officers of the States, to double their efforts to ensure that these human cargoes are intercepted and turned back”.
“Imeobi Igbo Forum calls on all the Local Government Chairmen, Town Unions and Local vigilante outfits of border communities to be fully mobilized by the Governors to assist the police in this endeavor, for our survival depends on it”, he affirmed.