The leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union UPU Youthwing ably led by activist Kelly Efemena Umukoro has tackled the Imo State Government, Ohaneze-Ndigbo and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB over the killing of Okiemute Mrere, an immigration officer.
In a statement issued at Ughelli, the UPU youth wing frowned at the unnecessary bickering and call for war by the IPOB saying the absence of peace is war and nothing can thrive in a war thorn nation .
The UPU opined that the collective peace enjoyed in the nation until now is as a result of the collective peaceful behavorial attitude of all citizens and no single individual or tribe has the monopoly of 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 whereabout and condition 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 whereabout 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 any 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 whom 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 folery and laziness.
“That Urhobo nation is one of the most peaceful ethnic group 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 equivalent of 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”.