It lamented that most Igbo Youths lost their investments estimated at over N63 trillion in the North through the various fire incidence that gutted their shops, as well as the demolition exercises that was ordered by the Lagos State Government in the South West part of the country.
The group also urged Ndigbo to expect tougher times in 2018 and to be prepared to adjust to the economic realities on the ground.
OYC decried the number of Igbo youths killed in 2017 through the hands of soldiers who executed the infamous operation “Python Dance II”.
Against this backdrop, the group in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the National Vice President, Obinna Achionye, called on the Federal Government to protect every Nigerian irrespective of tribe or religion.
OYC said that “Igbo Youths mourn our Youths who fell victim during the operation Python Dance and those killed in the North East.
“We call on the Federal Government to protect all citizens no matter the circumstances.
“We also call on our brothers outside Igboland to relocate their business headquarters to the South East in order to make the region economic hub of Nigeria.”
It further commended the South East Governors especially the Enugu state Governor, for rising to the occasion to protect Ndigbo from Fulani herdsmen, Governor Umahi for his developmental strides in Ebonyi, Governor Obiano for preservation of Igbo political identity, Governor Ikpeazu for his Made in Abia Products and Governor Okorocha on his developmental strides in Imo. We urge all the Governors of South East to do more for the people”.
The group also alleged that it has uncovered plot by some unnamed few Igbo leaders to create chaos in the leadership of OYC and alleged of plot to remove its National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
It called on the South East Governors to warn this unnamed Igbo leaders “because any attempt to dislodge the Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide will spell doom for them as Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro tenure expires in December 2018”.