The Nteje community in Oyi local government area in Anambra State has banned all youth activities, saying the move is a way to reduce unrest and insecurity in the area.
Recently, soldiers invaded the community claiming to be looking for criminals called “unknown gunmen”, and an estimated six youths were reportedly killed.
The general president of the community, Chidiebele Obika, said so on Sunday during a meeting of the combined groups of the community, including the Nteje Development Union, the women’s group and the guardians of culture and traditions. from the community.
Obika also told the rally that the community had abolished the indiscriminate sale of land, saying that the youths in the community had become lazy because of the money made from these sales.
He said, “We are saddened by the state of insecurity in the Nteje community today, and we have gathered here to take action to correct some of the things that are causing it.
“One thing I am sure of is that our young people are not members of the indigenous peoples of Biafra or the Eastern Security Network.
“But we know we have restless young people and we are taking steps to curb them. That is why we have decided that from today all youth activities in the community should be abolished and all youth leaders disbanded.
“It is under the guise of youth leaders that some people have become terrors to the community, and that must stop. When we are ready to hold elections for youth groups, we will announce it and the people will elect their leaders, not one person standing up and taking leadership.
“Furthermore, indiscriminate land sales have made our youths lazy to rely only on land sales as income. This has resulted in most of our lands being illegally sold by people.
“As of today, anyone wishing to sell land must notify their families, and these, in turn, will notify the Ojiana (tradition keepers), who will now notify community leaders. Ditto for anyone wishing to buy land in Nteje.
During the meeting, the community also said that they would start registering all non-indigenous people living in the community, as they found out that some non-indigenous people were part of the insecurity in the area.