The Urhobo nation detailed information on the whereabouts and conditions of an Urhobo indigene serving under the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS )in Imo State as the Chief Provost Officer named OKIEMUTE MRERE.
The Urhobo Progress Union’s youth branch, led by activist Kelly Efemena Umukoro, has taken on the Imo State government, Ohaneze-Ndigbo, and the banned Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB over the killing of Okiemute Mrere, an immigration officer. According to a statement released at Ughelli,
The UPU youth wing expressed displeasure with the IPOB’s pointless arguing and desire for war, claiming that “war is the absence of peace,” and that “nothing can thrive in a war-torn nation.”
According to the UPU, the country’s current collective peace is the product of all inhabitants’ collective peaceful behavioral attitudes, and no single individual or tribe has a monopoly on violence.
The statement said:
“The UPU Youth wing takes into cognizance recent security issues in the South-East and we shall not watch while things go wrong.
“We are calling on the Imo State Government, Ohaneze-Ndigbo to call their indigenous security network and the IPOB to order, that all Urhobo indigents residing in the South-East or serving there should be treated as the mother hen with utmost care.
“That the Ohaneze-Ndigbo should give to the Urhobo nation detailed information on the whereabouts and conditions of an Urhobo indigene serving under the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS )in Imo State as the Chief Provost Officer named OKIEMUTE MRERE.
“That the detailed information and whereabouts of the aforementioned should be made public to Urhobo nation by the Imo State Government, Ohaneze-Ndigbo, ESN, IPOB on or before 14days time.
“That failure to do so may attract very serious actions that wouldn’t be beneficial to anyone.
“That as a people we want to restate that we are not part of Biafra and can never be part of Biafra.
“That we are Urhobo ethnic nationality, that we can never be cowed into an unholy alliance that did not seek our consent and approval.
“That we rather continue in one Nigeria than joining a system that we know little or nothing about.
“That the casualty recorded by Urhobo indigenes mostly those who die through the Nussle of the Biafran militia guns is still fresh in our mind.
“That we want an indivisible nation that does not translate to foolery and laziness.
“That Urhobo nation is one of the most peaceful ethnic groups in Nigeria, that our peaceful nature does not translate to cowardice and any further aggressive attack on our indigene in the South-East shall meet the equivalent of the same action.
“That we shall not watch any Urhobo indigene being slaughtered under the guise of secessionist agitation.
“We equally call on all Urhobo sons and daughters who are security personnel in South-East to follow the directive of the Ag Inspector General Police Usman Baba, not only defend themselves but look for those criminals and slay them all.
“We, therefore, call on His Excellency Hope Uzodinma the Executive Governor of Imo State to produce our son Mr Okiemute Mrere alive and healthy within 14days of the above publication.”