Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has expressed outrage over the incessant activities of unknown gunmen in Enugu State.
DAILY POST reports that Enugu has been in the news for the past few weeks following the rampaging activities of unknown gunmen, especially in some parts of the State.
The killings continued yesterday as residents filed out for the local government election.
They attached voting centres, killed about five persons and injured several others in the process.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said the killings were totally condemnable.
While describing it as “an attack too many,” he wondered why the perpetrators would descend on hapless Nigerians who came out to exercise their franchise.”
Okwu said, “we are in deep pains over the precious lives wasted again yesterday in the hands of some strange persons operating under the guise of unknown gunmen.
“Within the past few weeks, several persons, including security operatives have also paid the supreme price. This is totally condemnable and unacceptable.
“Igbo people are known to be peaceful people; they are known to be respecters of the sanctity of blood. This is why we are still at a loss on the motive and those behind this carnage.
“Be that as it may, we are calling on the Enugu State Government to rise to the occasion. It does appear that the Federal Government controlled security apparatus are sitting on the fence. To this end, the State Government should step up action with both conventional and unconventional approach to tackle this menace once and for all.
“We have had enough bloodshed in Enugu State and we say that enough is enough.”
He called on aggrieved youths to come to the negotiating table as “the current approach will not yield the desired results.
“We are ready to midwife any negotiation that would bring about a lasting peace in Enugu State in particular and Igbo land in general.”
Okwu further consoled victims of the gunmen attack at Abia cattle market, urging security agencies to carryout in-depth investigation before arriving at a conclusion.
He said there must be adequate compensation for the victims.