Ebonyi State Government Friday condemned a viral video portraying Ebonyi people as criminals in Anambra State.
The government described the viral video as a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the state and called on the Ohaneze Ndigbo to rise and protect the image of Ndigbo.
Jude Okpor the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, stated this when he received the Ebonyi state chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo on a courtesy visit in his office.
Okpor urged the organization to remain the supreme umbrella of Unity and Progress in Igbo land noted that no Igbo man can attain the level of sainthood by tarnishing the image of his or her brother, but would summarily dent the collective image of the Igbo nation.
He described Ebonyi indigenes in all parts of the world as industrious, hardworking and law abiding people, and strongly condemned the criminal activities involving Ebonyi people and maintained that the few hoodlums cannot be used to generalize Ebonyi people as criminals.
He condemned the use of social media in trying suspects instead of following legal process in court of competent jurisdiction, while stressing that when the viral video gets out of the shores of Igbo land, that it will not only tannish the image of Ebonyi People but the corporate image of the Igbos at large and charged the state chapter of Ohaneze to always strive to work in synergy with their members in other states to protect the corporate image of Igbo people across the globe.
Commissioner Okpor further reassured the group of government’s readiness to partner them to achieve the desired result.
The leader of the team and state President of the union, Dr. Peter Mbam, assured of the readiness of the union to partner the present administration in the state to contribute their quota in the development of the state.
He pleaded with the Information Commissioner to assist in the media publicity of the activities of the union in the state.