The Coalition of Igbo Progressive Youths Worldwide (CIPYW), has asked Nigerians to disregard a media statement credited to Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, regarding the Armed Forces Service Commission Bill submitted to the Senate by Enyinaya Abaribe, the Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, for consideration last week.
The acclaimed President General of Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC), Isiguzoro, had in a statement picked holes in the bill and cautioned members of the National Assembly on its alleged implications.
He had claimed that the proposed legislation will remove the power and authority conferred on the” President by the 1999 Constitution, Section 217 and 218 for the appointment or termination of Service Chiefs.
However, the Coalition of Igbo Professional Youths swiftly reacting, denounced the claims, saying there was no existence of such a name as Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro of Ohaneze Youth Council in Igbo land.
The coalition also informed that Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro “and his faction of Ohaneze Youth Council’ has since been disowned by Ohaneze Ndigbo, the revered apex socio-cultural group of all Igbos.
The CIPYW National President, Dr Chijioke Uba and its National Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Anosike, in a statement insisted that “Mazi Okechukwu is a creation of enemies of the South East who are visibly disturbed by the vantage position of the region as regards the 2023 presidential poll.
The Igbo Professional Youth groups have now called on security agencies to investigate the group and unravel its sponsors and their true mission.
“We read with dismay a media report that emanated from a statement issued by one pseudo name, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro in respect to the Armed Forces Service Commission Bill presented to the floor of the Senate last week by our illustrious son, Senator Enyinaya Abaribe.
”We wish to inform Nigerians that our various checks with all the autonomous communities, residents in the South East as well as inquiries from known community chiefs across South East all pointed to the fact that no such character or group exists in the region.
“To this end, we challenge the so-called Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro to name his village, community, uncle or state his surname so that we identify him. We restate here that he’s a creation of some elements having sleepless nights over the towering position of the South East in the 2023 presidential election.
“We recall that Ohaneze Ndigbo while dissociating itself from this fictitious Isiguzoro, had also alerted that such name or group is unknown to the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization. The leadership of our parent body had complained that Isiguzoro, sponsored by some elements, have taken their joke too far and for too long.
“These irredentists no doubt, have been recruited by their sponsors who are afraid of the towering position of the South East as regards the 2020 presidential election to scuttle the region’s chances. We implore security agencies to unravel their sponsors and their agenda,” the statement charged.
The statement added: “The Igbos in Nigeria and the diaspora are all visibly angry that a character like Isiguzoro could be created and his nefarious activities linked to their homeland. If Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro exists, we challenge him to come out and refute our claims of his being a creation of insidious fiction.”
“Again, Ohaneze Youth Council under which this pseudonym hides to carry out the desperate agenda of its creators does not exist anywhere in Igbo land talk less of having branches in the South East and at the national level, which Isiguzoro claims to be its President General.
The Armed Forces Service Commission Bill, according to its drafter, seeks to address the presumed lopsided appointment of heads of Security Agencies in the Country.
“As in our earlier statement, we wish to restate our commendation to the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, for sponsoring the landmark bill, given that the bill is coming at a time of worsening insecurity across the country. It deserves all the support needed for its eventual passage into law.
We appeal to Distinguished Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, representing Abia South Senatorial District to, without further delay, subject the laudable endeavour to more legislative work and consultations, to return it to the red chamber, for possible passage.
“We call on stakeholders in the security sector, including non-governmental and civil society organisations, religious groups, as well as security agencies to as a matter of necessity, queue behind Senator Abaribe to see to the end of this legislative intervention, given that its passage into law would no doubt, provide permanent solutions to the growing insecurity in our dear country, “the coalition further stated