Monday, May 10, 2021

Ndigbo Lagos refutes Joe Igbokwe's claims, insists they're peaceful people - ITREALMS

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The Ndigbo Lagos have wholesomely refuted the Joe Igbokwe latest claims in a video making a round on social media, and berated him for having such a clandestine thoughts about Ndigbo which only him is aware of, reports 
ITREALMS.

Speaking through the Director of Communication and Strategy, Prince Tony Eze, Ndigbo Lagos, said they were saddened by the video by Joe Igbokwe, a Political jobber of Lagos State Government and so-called Special Adviser Drainage and Water Resources, who claimed insider knowledge of a clandestine plot by some Igbo youths who he believes are IPOB members, to kill, to burn down police stations and public infrastructure in Lagos.


ITREALMS gathered that Ndigbo Lagos, which is the umbrella body of all Igbo organizations in Lagos State, therefore stated as follows:

"1. That we are saddened by the claims of Mr. Igbokwe, which we believe are mischievous, false, baseless and inciting.

2. That the governments of the South Eastern States of Nigeria and various security agencies in the country have initiated investigations to unravel the persons behind the killings and destruction of properties in the South East, and we believe strongly in their competence and ability to unravel the masterminds and bring them to justice.

3. That as usual with such serious investigations the Police and other Security Agencies expect support through information from responsible citizens of which Joe Igbokwe being a government insider is very much aware of and in a good position to comply with.

4. That rather than do this, Mr. Igbokwe irresponsibly went to town with his personal conclusions on who these perpetrators are and what evil they are planning for Lagos, notwithstanding the ongoing official investigations. This probably goes to suggest that Mr. Igbokwe knows more than the ordinary eyes could see, and should be invited by the relevant security agency to clarify his source which he claims is credible.

5. That the Lagos State government had initiated and conducted investigation on what happened during the EndSars protest, and are well equipped with relevant information on the perpetrators of that heinous act.

6. That the Igbos were not the cause of the Biafran war, and have no intention to engage into any acts as may suggest any intention of such in the foregoing circumstance.

7. That we condemn in clear terms the killings going on all over the country, including in the South East, and sympathize with the families of officers and civilians, who have had to endure the loss of their dear ones. We pray their soul to rest perfect in the bossom of our Lord!

8. We wish to reiterate that Igbo youths are NOT killers, neither are they arsonists, but are positively recognized as hardworking contributors to the development of our country.
 We have been victims rather than perpetrators of killings, burnings and looting in Nigeria.

9. That it has become expedient for us to issue this rebuttal, in the light of the hightened tension in the country, being convinced that some malevolent minds may take advantage of Mr. Joe Igbokwe's recklessness with unsubstantiated rethorics to spread mistrust, cause disunity and escalate mischief in such manner and disguise, as may cause fingers to be wrongly pointed at the Igbos in Lagos. We therefore call on Mr. Joe Igbokwe to desist from reaching hasty conclusions, and spreading of falsehood.

10. We enjoin Ndigbo across Lagos to go about their normal businesses. And should not engage in any unlawful acts that would endanger the good relationship we enjoy with the people of Lagos State."

They further reminded Mr. Igbokwe that respect for the elderly is one of the cornerstone of Igbo values and civilized behavior. 

"We call upon him to retrace his steps and apologize to Chief Mbazulike Amechi for the unconscionable remarks he made against him," the group said.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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