The people of Edeaniagu, Ishi-Ozalla community, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State marched to the Enugu Government House in their numbers on Thursday protesting alleged injustice against them by a former minister of information, Frank Nweke Jnr.
Nweke is the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
DAILY POST reports a similar protest was staged against him last year.
However, they returned to the Government House, where they told Governor Ugwuanyi that things had worsened since their last visit.
The leader of the group, Chief Munachimso Ebelechukwu (Ufam Ozalla) told the Governor that Nweke had always attributed every of his unjust actions to the Governor.
While recalling their earlier protest in 2021, Okoye said “we were here last year to complain about the inhuman, very pathetic, unjust treatment that Frank Nweke and his cohorts have been unleashing on us.
“But Your Excellency, we are surprised because every incident that happened in Ishi-Ozalla, Frank Nweke said you are behind it. Frank Nweke imposed a Chief on us; whereas the community has unanimously elected an Igwe, our illustrious son, Don Sylvester. Frank Nweke told us that you, Your Excellency, sent him, with some of his other political cabals, to come and impose Igwe on us.
“We could also recall that you asked us to come and make peace; you asked that both parties come to your office, have you seen both parties?
“Your Excellency, we are here today to hear from you whether we are not part of Enugu State. I told you the last time we came here, that I’m the 16th generation on the land. How can somebody who is 6th generation on the land come and tell me that we cannot participate in the ruling of the community?
“Why is he excluding Edeana Agu from the service of the community? He elected a President-General, Obinna Nvene to do his bid. The young man came and found out that Frank Nweke is destroying our community. He told him ‘No’, let’s do what the governor said. He said he has impeached him.
“Obinna Nvene took them to court and he won them. We are here to hear from you because everything that happens, Frank will tell us the Govenor said, and we have been keeping quiet.”
They demanded an end to the imposition of a traditional ruler in Ishi-Ozalla.
“Our Igwe is Don Sylvester Nweke or nobody. We will rule Ishi-Ozalla or grant us our own autonomous community. Frank Nweke is a racist practicing hate and divisive politics in Ishi-Ozalla.
“Frank is intimidating us with his position as former minister and Chief of Staff Enugu State by perpetuating himself as life regent of Ishi-Ozalla for almost a decade and he said that the Governor permitted him to do so.
“Frank Nweke and his cabal ostracized 7 villages of Edeaniagu and have not made peace today as advised by the Governor. This, you can see in non-inclusion of Edeaniagu indigenous people in executives or in anything in Ishi-Ozalla.
“We are here to hear directly from the Governor that we are not part of Enugu State or he should call Frank Nweke and his cohorts to order by giving us Igwe of Ishi-Ozalla or our own autonomous community. Anything short of this calls for anarchy and complete insecurity in Ishi-Ozalla,” the community declared.
Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the community for maintaining peace all the while.
While noting that the State Government never authorized the said removal of the community’s President-General, Ugwuanyi ordered the Commissioner for Chieftaincy affairs to wade into the matter.
“I direct you as the Governor that you do the needful and address the injustice in this community,” Ugwuanyi ordered.
He assured them that in no distant time, justice would prevail, even as he appealed to them “for peace, show love to all. But justice must be done.”