The Ohaneze Ndigbo and the town union leaders in Anambra state on Tuesday warned against infiltration of strange persons from Northern Nigeria to the Southern part of the country, particularly Anambra State and the Southeast.
The group warned those behind the wickedness to refrain from the act or have themselves to blame.
National President, Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU), Chief Alex Onukwue who gave the warning in Awka in a world press conference, said the association considered the intentions of such unscrupulous individuals as most ungodly and totally unacceptable.
He said, “The Anambra State Association of Town Unions, on behalf of all the communities of Anambra State wishes to express our disgust and total disappointment with ongoing wicked efforts by some desperate citizens of this country who’re now engaged in the wicked acts of shipping strange persons from Northern Nigeria to the South of the country, Anambra State and the Southeast inclusive.
“We wish to warn that should this callous business continue of shipping strange persons, Almajirai or not, from the north or elsewhere to Anambra State in light of covid-19 restrictions, the communities of Anambra State will be left with no choice than to confront the situation with all the seriousness it deserves. We can no longer take it as child’s play.
“Whosoever that is or are behind this wickedness must refrain from doing so immediately as the communities of Anambra State can no longer fold our hands and watch on as our lives are being threatened by the mischievous inclinations of some unpatriotic citizens who can go as far as hiding human beings between animals and bags of cement or whatever and smuggle them from the Northern parts of the country down to Anambra State and the Southeast.”
He however commended the efforts of the federal government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), in the fight against the scourge, regardless of the lapses in its activities.
Also speaking, President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in the state, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene said it was time the people of the state were allowed to protect themselves, saying the federal government had demonstrated incompetence.
“We appeal to the state governor to allow us do the needful by protecting ourselves because I’ve seen that the federal government is not ready to protect us.
“We must take our security in our hands. No other person can do that. We’re ready and we warn those without mission in the state to find elsewhere. This state can’t contain us and them.
“The country is sitting on the cage of gunpowder, Covid-19 might be easy to solve than what we’re seeing now.
“How can FG ban movement, yet day and night you keep seeing people moving up and down. That’s why this awareness is important.
“We must wake up to the challenges. This is not the time to paint words. We must be ready to face any consequences.
“We appeal to the governor to allow us do the needful by protecting ourselves because I’ve seen that the federal government is not ready to protect us.
“We must take our security in our hands. No other person can do that. We’re ready and we warn those without mission in the state to find elsewhere. This state can’t contain us and them.”