Youths Of Enugu Community Protest Commissioner’s Sponsorship Of Thuggery, Cultism

…warn of impending blood baths

Hundreds of youths of Ahani-Achi community in Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State on Thursday, protested in the state capital against the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Manfred Nzekwe for allegedly sponsoring thuggery and cultism in the community to intimidate and suppress dissenting voices.

The youths under the aegis of National Association of Ahani Achi Youth Progress (NAAAY), who matched through the Michael Okpara Square to the State House of Assembly, and Government House, called the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to intervene before it is too late.

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Carrying placards with various inscriptions like “Hon. Tony our future will no longer be toiled with; Hon. Tony Manfred, stop encouraging crisis in our community; Ahani youths pass vote of no confidence on Tony Manfred, stop sponsoring thuggery and cultism in our community; the blood of Ahani youths are on the head of Hon. Tony Manfred,” among others, the youths warned of impending blood bath if was done urgently.

Addressing journalists shortly after the protest, the newly elected President of the NAAAY, alleged that the Youth’s Commissioner who incidentally hails from their community had been instigating civil unrest, suppression and communal violence by sponsoring splinter group to factionalizing the youth council of the community after he emerged winner in election that was held on July 11, 2020.

 “Our people are not going to school and instead of you training and encouraging people to go to school people that didn’t go to secondary school you are training them in thuggery and cultism. That is not what we want and that is why the youths said enough is enough.

“We call on the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to use the necessary government machinery to investigate the activities of Hon. Manfred Nzekwe and curb his excesses in the community because when a system is over played, it will definitely boomerang,” he warned.

Reacting to the allegations, Nzekwe described the protesting youths as faceless individuals.

He said “ordinarily I wouldn’t have reacted to the allegations but the area I want to talk about is the area that concerns the youth election in the community.

“They have their election which was witnessed by all the authorities.

“They invited me, the local government chairman and the police. The traditional rulers of the communities wrote me that we should send staff of the ministry to come and observe the election. We did because we don’t conduct election but we sent people to observe and make sure that everything was peaceful.

“The election was peaceful and they elected their president by name Samuel Okeifi and they came here today to collect their certificate of recognition. So I was surprised to hear that some people are protesting. If they have problems with the election, they should go to court,” he said.

On allegations of sponsoring thuggery and cultism, the Commissioner declined to make comment.

1 COMMENT

  1. If the Honourable commissioners for youth and sports is having this as a response to the petition then some is not saying the truth.
    We are having the video of the the first set of people that he sent as his representative from the Ministry of youth and sports even when we never had such representitive from the Ministry of youth and sports in all the past election of the past Youth leadership of NAAAYP but they were not even having ID card to identify themselves.
    The videos showing the presence of the two Igwes on the election day being 11th day of July 2020 were available.
    The major issue is that he saw that the candidate he was presenting was not having the majority that is when he called the Igwe who doesn’t have anything to do with the youth Elections to cancel the election.
    Majority of the Ahani youth has their support for Mr Harrison Onyefuru even if the government of Enugu state can send their representatives to come and conduct a fresh election following the youth constitution, we are read.
    This is a selfish interests and just like the same set of people has gone as far as forging the signature of some persons over constitution amendment which the governor can confirm from the Ministry of Rural development Enugu state.
    Governor should not believe in any one telling you that we are APC, we have PDP ward leaders who have names of the members who are also pinched in this happenings, our aim is not for you to relief our brother from his office but for you to advise him to focus on his official duties and leave youth leadership alone.
    We wait for your urgent response to our cry for help

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