The Senior Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, has sent an open letter to Igbo Governors, Senators, Ministers, and leaders.
On Friday, the Nigerian politician took to his official Facebook page to share an open letter to Igbo Governors, Senators Ministers House of Assembly Members, and leaders.
According to the letter, Joe asked the Igbo leaders and lawmakers to restore unity in Igbo land over the menace of some separatists groups.
The letter reads, “Open Letter To The IG Of Police, Commander IRT, Igbo Governors, Senators, Ministers, House of Assembly Members, other Leaders and Stakeholders in Igboland.
“A mother chicken says she is crying out to the world that a Kite stole her chick not because she can do anything to retrieve the stolen sibling but to let the world hear her voice. I am sure most of us would have seen the continuous threat to my life and the life of those of us who do not agree with the philosophy of separatists and bandits. Today they are getting bolder, threatening, bullying, killing, destroying, and decimating the economy of Igboland. Today the bandits in Igboland say they have banned me from coming to Igboland. The latest threat is that I should prepare to die. This is unacceptable in the 21st Century. Blind people should not lead people with eyes. We cannot take this anymore.
“Chief Uwazurike struggled for success with wisdom and decency. He did not carry arms, he did not harass or abuse anybody, he was not confrontational, he did not kill anybody, he was not calling names. He was tactically and diligently doing his thing without jeopardizing the businesses of his people. He never challenged the police and neither did he abuse them. He did not attack the police formations or kill any Police officer. Chief Uwazurike is still alive today and I do hear him speak and he always speaks with grace and honor. He did not hurt anybody.
“Mazi Kanu threats everywhere. Confusion everywhere, deaths and destruction everywhere. Can this continue? Can we allow this vacuum to continue? Can this brigandage and banditry continue? Why are Governors not speaking? Why is Igbo intelligentsia not speaking out? What of the Bishops, the University egg heads? What about the Captains of industries, Igbo business magnates, decent Igbo in diaspora, and not the economic refugees who stay abroad and foment troubles here? I can go on and on.
“I still believe that Igbo leaders working with security agencies in Nigeria can do something to restore sanity in Igboland. Igboland is now what Thomas Hobbes called the state of nature where life is brutish, nasty, and short. But nobody has a monopoly on violence. Nobody can say he or she is the best God ever created or the final bus stop in. I am told that in Nnewi some of our people were seen clapping for the bandits destroying Nnewi Area Command. An inspector of Police was killed in the attack. This is a shame.
“May we not be compelled to defend ourselves or create a parallel counter force. May we not get to this but know that we are getting close. We cannot allow blind people to lead us into a pit. We cannot allow this threat to continue. We cannot stand this brigandage any longer. Those who have ears let them hear. I know very well force will always respect force in the fullness of time.”