The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘genocidal’ assertion.
Buhari, whereas reacting to the destruction of 42 amenities of the Independent National Electoral Commission throughout Nigeria, notably within the South-East, vowed that the individuals liable for the destruction would ‘soon have the shock of their lives’.
He added that “many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
In response, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, requested the president to instantly retract the assertion which threatens a repeat of the civil struggle expertise.
The physique additionally urged Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to the Igbo and present like to the individuals of the area by having a dialogue with Igbo governors and leaders, together with youths and agitators.
The assertion learn, ”Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has studied the proclamation of President Muhammadu Buhari on social media responding to the insecurity challenges in southeastern Nigeria and we ask President Buhari to rapidly rescind the threats of repeating the episode of the civil struggle expertise which killed 3 million Igbo individuals and wreaked havoc on Igbo properties.
”Mr President ought to tender an unreserved apology to Ndigbo, for the civil struggle contentions in opposition to southeast to assist avert attainable misinterpretation of Nigerians misconstruing him.
”We are utilizing this channel to remind President Buhari that there are killer-herdsmen and Northern bandits primarily based on the sooner warnings of USA Embassy, Abuja that ‘they had been heading south to destabilise the area’.
”The current provocative onslaught in opposition to the southeast gave rise to Northern delinquents commandeering the second to unleash affliction on safety formations and authorities companies like INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission).
”We are solidly behind the southeast governors in these tribulations and difficulties to revive peace and stability within the southeast, and President Buhari ought to often be scheduled to satisfy with Igbo governors and leaders, together with youths and agitators; this exhibition of affection is what Nigerians anticipate from Buhari, not civil struggle magniloquence.
”Federal Government honoured the Yoruba nation by way of MKO Abiola by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day to heal the psyche and wounds of the previous, Southeast must be honoured on June 12 Democracy Day by way of Presidential pardon and amnesty for all repentant Biafra Agitators. No matter the variety of challenges that confront Ndigbo, we won’t prefer to be threatened with the genocide of 30 months of Biafra War once more.”