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COVID-19: Ohanaeze flays almajiri influx into S’ East

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THE apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday raised alarm over the increasing number of youths popularly suspected as almajiri into some states in the South East zone.

Ohaneze raised the alarm while calling on governors of five South East states to stand up against the development without further delay.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of Ohaneze in Awka, Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Achi-Ogbaga wondered why the large number of youths from the North is making their way to the South East despite the nationwide ban on inter-state movement amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the most difficult riddle of the years. Most of the palliatives have been shifted to the Northern part of the country. While the palliatives were shifted to North, the people from the North are trooping in thousands to the South East and South South. I wonder what they are coming here to do. And the way the so called Almajirai are loaded in lorries are alarming. Who provides the lorry and fuels it? Who organiBy Chidebere Joe-Angised this because it is an orchestrated organization? It is not just that they saw a lorry on the road and climbed on it.

It was a well-organized arrangement and they are being pushed to Southern parts without requisite food to eat. They push them inside South East and want them to go and earn their living from where? So many of them will turn to criminals and herdsmen and begin to harass people; go to people’s farm, maiming, killing, raping and destroying farm crops and yet, government is encouraging people to go into farming.

When people take the little they have to go to the farm, another person will come there to destroy the farm crops. So, I don’t understand what the Federal Government is doing with the lives of the people. The most important function of the government is welfare of the people. If the welfare of the citizens is not the concern of the government, that government has failed. Secondly, government is called to protect the lives and properties of the citizens,” Ogbaga stated.

They called on governors to beef up security around the states to check any mischief that anyone or group may spring on the Igbo during the national emergency imposed by COVID-19 pandemic.

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