ELDERS of the South Eastern states are perturbed by the criminal acts in various communities and towns in the region which had made them draw the conclusion that it was because their kinsmen who died during the Nigeria/Biafran civil war were not given proper burial rites.
In a meeting of the South Eastern elders and traditional rulers on Wednesday, at Rojeny Sports Centre, Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, they arrived
at a conclusion that all the wandering spirits of the deceased civil war victims of South- East, were influencing youths of today in the area to engage in criminal acts.
They said that this is because they were not given befitting burial according to Igbo tradition, adding that their spirits were so angry that they had possessed many youths of today in the region and always push them into criminal acts.
In his comments, a prominent Igbo leader, Ronmy Ezeonwuka, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting, said the spirit of these Igbo youths ,who went to fight for their father land voluntarily and died in the process, were angry that their brothers and sisters whom they fought on their behalf had forgotten them and do not even care to give them befitting burial.
He said that the elders of the South Eastern region have unanimously decided to give them mass burial according to Igbo tradition as it would help to reduce criminal activities
While receiving the elders and traditional rulers from the South- East ,after the meeting, the Royal Father of Nri ancient kingdom, traditional ruler and Head of Njiko-Umu-Nri, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh, upheld the unanimous decision of the elders of the South- East, to have mass burial rites for those South -East extraction youths ,who died during the civil war.
He promised to cooperate with all arrangements to make it a reality and asked them to go to their respective communities and bring the list of the ones who had not been buried according to Igbo tradition