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A community leader in Nibo, Awka South Autonomous community, Chief Austin Lele has called on traditional rulers in Igboland to support the security agencies and well-meaning youths to check criminal activities in their different communities and domains. According to him, the community leaders and the youths have all that it takes to rid our different communities of the criminal elements inducing insecurity and negative images in our societies, if they would work in cooperation with the police, the Civil Defence, and other neighborhood security watch agencies.

Chief Lele lamented the reign of terror by ritual murderers, Yahoo Plus boys, Kidnappers, and political thuggery; all of which are perpetrated mainly by the youths living among us.

Speaking at a Youth’s awareness and sensitization program on the theme “Community Development, Security Threats and, Responsibility of the Youths;” Chief Austin Lele said he reasoned with the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olumuyiwa Adejobi who was recently quoted as saying that if the youths and community leaders put in as many efforts as the Nigeria Police and other security agencies, that our country could be rid of every type of insecurities and vices; and he called on these stakeholders to heed the call of the top Cop.

Also speaking at the event, the Royal Father of the day, His Highness, Igwe MC Ngene, Eze Ike na Nibo, bemoaned the high incidence of moral decadence among our youths, who according to him do no longer reckon or value the virtues of hard work and moral discipline associated with the Igbo man; but have instead chosen the path of get-rich-quick syndrome which has become their albatross and undoing it is bound to lead to frustration and regrets, as he emphasized, “ ife akpatali n’akuko ite n’ana n’akuko onu;” meaning it is like building a house on quicksand. Igwe Ngene sends out a passion to some of the youths who have become involved in any of the vices that tarnish the youths’ image to have a rethink and turn a new leaf. The Igwe commended Chief Austin Lele for the awareness program which he said is one of the numerous other contributions he’s been making to chart a positive course to Youths in our community. He urged him to not relent as he has carved a niche for himself as an illustrious son of the Nibo Community, and Awka South as a whole.

Other prominent Nibo sons who were present at the occasion included; High Chief, Sir, Chukwuemeka Orjiako (Onwa Chukwugoziri Na Nibo), Chief Executive Officer Stelconic properties; Chief Icheku Omelugwe, former APGA deputy chairman in Anambra State; and Mr. Udogu, Nibo Youth President.

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