Following the gruesome massacre of the 21members of the IPOB, in Enugu recently, the Ohanaeze Youths have set aside 12th of October for the mourning of the deceased.
In a release signed by its president, Igboayaka, Igboayaka, and made available to Newsmen, all Igbo States were asked to mourn those brothers of hours on the said date as the procession would take place in Enugu.
Twenty-one IBOB members were allegedly shot dead by Nigerian Security Agencies last few days ago while they were having their meeting.
The said massacre which received condemnation in Nigeria and beyond was said to be against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees freedom of Association and gathering. The National Executive Council of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) after her emergency meeting on the gruesome murder of 21 Igbo youths at Emene Community Secondary School on 23rd August 2020 has declared One Day Mourning to be observed in all the States of Igbo extraction.
The NEC constituted a Mourning Procession planning Committee led by Comrade Toochukwu Udeh and set aside September 12, 2020, as the Day of Mourning in Igboland for the killed Igbos with a Procession in Enugu.
OYC requests all Igbo people to observe the exercise as well as be on Black Attire to accord last respect to departed Igbo promising minds, noting that the mourning will be concluded with a Prayer Service at Rock Family Church, Enugu state by 11 am officiated by Bishop Obi Udezue Onubuogu
Regretting the insensitive and irrational and irresponsible disposition, actions and inactions of the Federal government, the National President of Ohaneze Youth Council, Comrade Igboayaka noted that since the inception of President Mohammadu Buhari led administration, 500 Igbo youths have fallen victim of extra-judiciary killing and over 550 wounded by Nigeria security agents as recorded by Intersociety.
Igboayaka call on all stakeholders, traders, Transporters, and all organized organizations in Igbo land to patriotically observe the Mourning Day.
He warned Nigeria government that Ala Igbo can’t continue to be a land of a pool of Blood of new generation of Igbo extraction.
Also, the council called on Ndigbo to be on a defensive measure with any object available, as the life of Igbo youths are not guaranteed in the hand of Nigeria security agents.
Comrade Igboayaka alleged that there is a calculated plot to reduce Igbo population by President Buhari led the government through extra-judicial killing.
He pointed out that such massacres which started on 30th August 2015 took place in Onitsha (Anambra State), Enugu State, Yenagoa (Bayelsa State) Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Asaba (Delta State) on 30th August 2015; Onitsha again on 2nd and 17th December 2015, Aba on 29th January and 9th February 2016, Onitsha, Nkpor and Asaba on 29th and 30th May 2016, Port Harcourt on 20th January 2017, Aba, IsialaNgwa, Ogwe and Umuahia on 11th to 14th Sept 2017, Oraifite-Anambra on 2nd December 2019.
OYC noted that according to the Intersociety report, this is clearly more than 10th time the Nigerian Security Forces have deliberately coordinated massacres Targeted at unarmed and defenseless Igbo youths of old Eastern Nigeria extraction.
Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka appealed to Ndigbo in all part of the World to wear Black Attire on 12th Sept. 2020 from 6 am to 6 pm as a sign of mourning that characterizes the spirit of ” imi bewe anya ebewe”