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Union tasks Igbo communities on security, 2023 elections



The Association of Igbo Town Union has tasked Igbo communities and leaders in all the 2,152 autonomous communities in the region on security and peaceful 2023 general elections.

The National President of ASITU, Chief Emeka Diwe, made the appeal in a statement he issued in Enugu on Saturday.

Diwe stated that ASITU was aware that the festive season was when Igbo communities organised Town Hall Meetings to discuss issues affecting their communities, state and the nation.

“I charge you to make security a priority in your agenda,” he said.

He urged the youth and indeed every individual in Igbo land, to address the slipping and sinking security situation in the South-East.

“Our youths and all at home must be alert and those in Diaspora must show deep concern in securing our environment and preserving our timeless heritage in line with our old belief in being ‘our brother’s keeper’.

“The security of life and property of the Igbo and in Igbo land and everywhere must be our individual and collective business.

“Poverty, ignorance, youthful exuberance and adult delinquencies seem to be dictating the tunes and driving the lives of many of us. It is time to rethink and apply caution.

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“While we call on all to remain vigilant and proactive, we also request that we focus on Doing First Things First and Right Things Right,” he said.

The chairman enjoined communities to concentrate on topical subject matter of politics and economy, especially as the 2023 general elections were around the corner.

He noted that Igbo land had recently become hopeless, helpless and lifeless because of constant threats to life and property, and heightened state of insecurity, some of which are alleged to be self-inflicted.

Diwe said that association considered the 2023 general elections a decisive moment for Nigerians, especially Ndigbo wherever they are.

He said, “2023 is no doubt an opportunity for Nigerian people to reclaim Nigeria by voting for leaders with competence, capacity, capability, equity, fairness, justice, inclusiveness, proven track records, honesty, prudence and deliverable ability.

“Therefore, in your deliberations, we urge you to instill in our people the consciousness that we can only achieve more by being united and being at peace with ourselves, our neighbours and our hosts rather than singing discordant tunes.”


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