UNIJOS CRISIS: Ohanaeze youths urge S’East Govs to evacuate Igbo students

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the South-East and the South-South Governors to as a matter of urgency evacuate all Igbo students from the crisis-ridden University of Jos.

This is following an outcry from the leadership of Igbo students in the institution.

President of the Federation of Igbo students, University of Jos, Comrade Boniface Ifechukwu had cried out that the students were being killed and maimed even as at yesterday, Sunday.

He said regrettably, only the Governors of Enugu and Abia States have evacuated students from the area.

Reacting to the development, the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike urged the governors of all Igbo speaking states to quickly deploy all State apparatus and rescue the students.

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“The news we are getting from the University of Jos is not palatable at all. Igbo students are still being killed and we are not going to fold our hands.

“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council Worldwide, therefore, ask the governors to activate all emergency codes and see to the evacuation of these students.

“We commend in a big way the Governors of Enugu and Abia States, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for taking a leading step. However, the silence of the other governors is not a good one at all.

“Let us not wait till such a time we have mass casualty and they will now begin to declare one week mourning. We hereby send an SOS to the governors because these students belong to our Constituency. The time to act is now,” Okwu said.

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Meanwhile, when contacted, the students’ leader said they were in a terrible situation.

Ifechukwu confirmed that only Enugu and Abia States have evacuated students, stressing “students are being killed, students are being maimed, especially my students. Even one student was found murdered yesterday.

“My office covers the five South-East states and the other two Igbo speaking states in the South-South, but as I am speaking to you, I can tell you authoritatively that apart from Enugu and Abia we have not heard from the other five states. The other states have kept mum, politicized the whole thing and we got nothing on ground from them.”

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“We are using this medium to beg them for assistance, students should be evacuated, you cannot study in such a volatile environment,” he pleaded.

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