Obiano’s wife under attack in Ogbunike by youths-----as Government says protest from hired agents reports that hundreds of youths in Ogbunike community, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State trooped into the streets yesterday in a peaceful protest over what they called government neglect of their basic needs, failed promises  and politics of exclusion .
The youths who organized the protest under the auspices of  United Ogbunike Youths Association marched through the Oye Olisa Market junction and the Awka and the Awka Old road before receding to the Ogbunike Town Hall chanting protest songs.
Addressing reporters at the scene, Chairman , Board of Trustees of the Youth group, Chibuzor Unachukwu said the peaceful protest became necessary because the Willie Obiano led administration has reneged on all the promises he made to the people of the community despite the fact that the Governor’s wife, Chief Mrs Ebele Obiano is an Ogbunike daughter.
Unachukwu while presenting 8-point promulgation by the aggrieved youths to the press noted that the first project ever commissioned in Ogbunike since the inception of the present administration in Anambra was a toilet facility which he claimed was sponsored by an oil mogul from Ukpo community, Dunukofia Local Government. 
He said that youths of Ogbunike community after working for the Obiano’s success at the polls paid him and the wife a courtesy call in Aguleri, the governor’s hometown and they got a firm promise of urbanization of Ogbunike community, making all the roads in Ogbunike accessible and empowerment of youths in their different areas of specialization.
He said the youths are today filled with regret that all the promises have not been fulfilled. He said the youths need structural development, empowerment programs and not rewarding only the relations of the governor’s wife with political appointments while the bulk of the villagers are suffering.
President of the United Ogbunike Youths Association, Okonkwo Franklin Ikechukwu, an architect, while corroborating Unachukwu’s position appealed to the Anambra State government to site small scale industries in the area to keep the youths engaged.
But the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Media, Emeka Ozumba in a press statement made available to reporters  in reaction to the protest said that there are fears that some opposition elements may have infiltrated the peace loving town of Ogbunike and secretly instigated a band of youths to stage a protest with placards and claims of neglect of the community by Mrs. Obiano who happens to be a proud daughter of Ogbunike.
Ozumba said the wild allegations raised by the youths “have no close relationship with the truth and are obviously orchestrated to mislead and incite unsuspecting members of the town against Mrs. Obiano.”
“The wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Obiano has neither a statutory role nor financial allocation from the Government of the State. Her role as wife of the governor has no executive powers to it. However, in support of the programmes of her husband in the service of Ndi Anambra, she set up the NGO under whose auspices she embarks on several charitable programmes and projects including the popular CAFÉ Housing Programme for indigent widows as well as Borehole projects.
He said the Obiano administration has done several projects including completed road projects in Ogbunike which the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe John Umenyiriora even attested to publicly recently.

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Obiano’s wife under attack in Ogbunike by youths-----as Government says protest from hired agents Obiano’s wife under attack in Ogbunike by youths-----as Government says protest from hired agents Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Thursday, May 11, 2017 Rating: 5

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