Piqued by the pitiful condition of workers and pensioners in the South East geopolitical zone following months of unpaid wages, the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio- political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has lashed out on governors in the zone, accusing them of insensitivity over the plights of their people.
Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) threatened to mobilise Igbo youths and the masses against the governors if after November 30, they fail to clear the backlog of salary arrears of workers as well as pension arrears of retirees.
National President of OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro who issued the ultimatum in Umuahia after receiving an award from the women wing of Ohanaeze, Abia State chapter, expressed disappointment that governors shortly after coming to power isolate themselves from the people that voted for them.
He regretted that a lot of workers and pensioners in South East are owed for many months yet the governors who live in open affluence make no concerted efforts to mitigate the sufferings of the workers.
Isiguzoro warned that if after November 30 the situation did not improve, the governors in the zone would be declared “enemies of Igbo land.”
He specifically warned that any governor who ignored the warning would be doing so at his own peril as he will be made to face the full wrath of Igbo youths.
The OYC helmsman said that Igbo youths would no longer fold their arms and watch the governors spread poverty using recession as excuse.
Isiguzoro said that a lot of workers and pensioners were dying as a result of diseases and hardship occasioned by no payment of their wages and pensions, describing the action of the governors as “the worst form of inhumanity.”
His words: “Look at what is happening in the zone, workers are dying every day; pensioners are also dying in their hundreds daily and we have governors elected by the same workers who are now abandoned.
“It is evil, it is unacceptable, I’m going to mobilise youths in Igbo land after 30th of November 2016”, he vowed.
He dedicated the award to Igbo victims of Boko Haram attacks in Northern States, as well as the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Isiguzoro restated his earlier call for the immediate release of Kanu and other detained Biafra agitators for the sake of peace and unity of the country.