REAGENT of Oba community in Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, Prince Noel Ezenwa and other community leaders have lauded Oba youths for securing the police station and other government facilities in the area during the protest against police brutality.
They also urged the youths to embrace peace and avoid involving themselves in violence or activities that can portray the community in bad light.
Speaking during an emergency meeting of the Igwe in council, Prince Ezenwa praised the youths for their role in resisting hoodlums who infiltrated the #EndSARS protest to demolish police stations.
“The #EndSARS thing was a nationwide event. We thank God and praise our youths ably led by Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeukwu for their role in protecting police installations in Oba community.
However, Prince Ezenwa frowned at some alleged ugly incidents of reported violence that have left unpleasant impressions about the community.
“The Oba youths/ IPOB saga, the sacking and destruction of Ezele Mbana community, the accidental loss of life of someone because of his excesses are matters we should be concerned about as leaders.
“These incidents went viral in the social media and have portrayed Oba as where human lives and property do not matter. Life is sacrosanct.”
Also, the Councilor Oba Ward 1, Ebuka Chibueze appreciated the unity of purpose exhibited by the Oba youths in protecting the government facilities saying that it was commendable.
“We are working with government of Willie Obiano to improve security of the state. What is the essence of allowing hoodlums to destroy things that benefit us, built by individuals or community efforts?” said Chibueze.
According to Oba Political forum Coordinator, Ogonna Ndozie,” Our youths behaved wisely and valiantly. It is good news from Oba. It shows sense of responsibility.
In his remarks the former Youth President General, Chief Obi Ufondu said: “immediately the wanton destruction of police stations began we including the Ikechukwu Ezeukwu organized and relocated every item at Oba police station.
“We also mounted watch day and night at the station to ensure that the place was not set ablaze. It was not easy but I praise the gallantry of Oba youths”, said Ufondu.
Mr. Ufondu also advised youths to embrace peace, desist from violence, illegal land grabbing and speculation saying that progress was synonymous with peaceful coexistence.