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By Uzo Ugwunze

Obosi (Idemili North), June 11, 2019 (MOI) Traditional Ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chidubem Iweka has called on Obosi Town Union Executive to promote peace and security in the community.

Igwe Iweka made the call during inauguration of the new Obosi Development Union (ODU) Executive at the Obosi Town Hall, Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA).

Igwe Iweka emphasized that security was a major challenge in Obosi, enjoining the elite and ex-servicemen from the community to help to restore peace and security in the area.

According to him, security is the most important need of the community, but it has been a difficult task.

He urged the executive to be courageous, saying that God would make way for them, as all Obosi leadership is behind them.

``We have top ranking serving and non serving force men, Professors, Ndi Ichie, Age grades and Priests that will cooperate with you to achieve security in Obosi,’’ Igwe Iweka said.

``Those involved in cultism, fraud and drug peddling should desist from it or leave this town,’’ Igwe Iweka directed, urging them to embrace legitimate businesses, as deviants would be penalised.

Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Anambra Chapter Mr Emma Muonago, who also supported the call by Igwe, pleaded with elite from Obosi to think home and attract developmental initiatives to benefit the youths as panacea for crime.

``The elite should look inwards and assist Obosi kingdom to surmount security challenges. In fact, that is why I accepted the Ichie stool of my village, to contribute more positively.

``We need to take part in decision-making, so as to engage our youths positively. I advise youths especially land speculators to embrace education or craftsmanship,’’ Muonago said.

Resource persons who spoke on security and community development include retired Maj.-Gen. Emeka Maduegbuna, retired Col. Sam Agbanusnoted i, Prof. Victor Ndirika.

They maintained that peace, security and development should be everyone’s business.

They also noted that the elite should be accessible, attract scholarship schemes, social amenities, vocational centre, provision of soft loans, employment opportunities and carry out enlightenment campaigns against vices to help the youths.

Deacon Ikenna Madubosa, outgoing ODU President-General, who made remarkable achievements during his tenure urged Igwe and Ndi Ichie to sue for peace.

Madubosa, then, urged the community to take a united stand on issues concerning progress of Obosi.

``Let us put Obosi first, support the new ODU exco; if we must overcome our squabbles, leave sentiments and ego, let’s speak with one voice because there is no progress without peace,’’ Madubosa said.

Mr Chidi Ibeano an award recipient said that he believed in the integrity of the new ODU executive to tackle the security challenges of Obosi, urging parents and landlords to expose criminals.

``We know the drug dealers, cultists, fraudsters. We need to call our people together in one voice to stop our children from gambling away their future,’’ Ibeano said.

The new PG, Mr Ikechukwu Okolo, in his acceptance speech, thanked the entire Obosi Ukwalla kingdom for finding him worthy to pilot the affairs of the community.

Mr Okolo reiterated his point agenda to include peace, security, development and Youth empowerment.

 ``It is time to harmonise the leadership and development of Obosi inland and urban layouts.’’

The new executive members are PG- Ikechukwu Okolo, 1st Vice Chairman Joel Mgbemena; 2nd VC Chukwudi Iwenofu; 3rd VC, Eneanya Obiechina and 4th VC, Maduka Ebuka.

Others are Secretary, Edwin Obi; Asst. Sec, Christopher Onuigbo; Fin Sec. Kenneth Ichu; Publicity Secretary, Tony Arinze and Treasurer, Charles Nwakobi.

The rest are Internal Auditor, Chinna Ibeto;  2nd Internal Auditor, Ejiofor Chukwuebuka; Provost I, Evan Okafor; Provost II Uchenna Ikeokwu and Provost III, Emeka Onwughalu.

Legal Advisers, Chimezie Obi and Emeka Iredu, Social Sec. Uche Uzowulu and Asst. Social Sec., Uche Gbughemobi. (MOI)