Food blockage: The South-East rebellion, according to Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo socio-cultural institution, has claimed that “those who want to destabilise the region” are plotting against the South-east. The South-East rebellion, according to Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary-General Okechukwu Isiguzoro, is the result of northerners who wish to degrade Igbo people into civil disobedience so that they can become targets of violence. Isiguzoro made this statement in an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday.


In response to a declaration made by Halilu Muhammad, the secretary of the Onion Dealers Association in Imo State, stating that the organisation has suspended onion shipments to the South-east until further notice, Isiguzoro took action.


Previous reports from SaharaReporters detailed how association members claimed to have lost more than N13 million as a result of the recent seizure of onion trucks en route to the South-East. According to Muhammad, two onion trucks travelling towards the South-East were stopped by armed individuals who then sold the onions to villagers for N9,000 each bag rather than N15,000.


Ohanaeze, on the other hand, characterised it as a straightforward tactic meant to use hunger as a weapon against the people of the South-east. According to Isiguzoro, the Ohanaeze will never order the Northern region’s supply of palm oil to be halted.

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