Apex Igbo sociopolitical group Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has reacted to another statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that “tougher times await the people of the Southeast of Nigeria” among other remarks.
It said the President was only creating problems he intended to solve.
The President had warned in an interview on Arise TV’s breakfast programme on Thursday the Igbo are scattered everywhere in Nigeria with businesses and properties and should not be making trouble.
But reacting to the President’s comments, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement by its spokesman, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, said President Buhari has a choice between dialogue on one hand and an avoidable war against the Igbo on the other.
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Ohanaeze expressed concerns Buhari had not hidden his disdain for Ndigbo, who failed to give him massive votes in 2015 and 2019, noting the President’s choice of words for the Igbo should be words “reserved for the enemy, not to citizens”.
It said it had followed with deep concern the security sequence targeted at the Igbo, which included: “The deliberate posting of Northern Military and Police Officers at the various strategic locations in the South East.
“The Special National Security Council Meeting, where major decisions were taken for the South East and the South South to the utter exclusion of security personnel from the South East of Nigeria.https://frontend.1worldonline.com/widget/smart3-dc769483.html#!/widget/be4020e2-f63d-4d37-83fb-c93bfcef3b16&type=widget&code=be4020e2-f63d-4d37-83fb-c93bfcef3b16&mode=smart3&token=be4020e2-f63d-4d37-83fb-c93bfcef3b16-1&location=https%3A%2F%2Fthenationonlineng.net%2Fbuhari-creating-more-problems-than-solution-ohanaeze%2FADVERTISEMENT
“The ominous launching of the Operation Restore Peace in the South East and South South
“The Shoot on Sight Order by the Inspector General of Police targeted at the Igbo youths
“And the “Shock tweet where Mr. President stated that “those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
While justifying the heightened secession agitation by the Igbo youth over marginalisation, Ohanaeze insisted Ndigbo were still committed to a diplomatic approach towards a restructured Nigeria that guarantees equity, fairness and rule of law.
The statement reads in part, “For clarity, there has been a sustained agitation for secession by the Igbo youths, especially the IPOB, the Independent Peoples of Biafra, led by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
“The agitation by IPOB became heightened by the obvious exclusion of the Igbo in the President Buhari government and Mr. President has not in any way hidden his disdain for the groups that failed to vote for him en-masse in 2015 and 2019 general elections.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes that the agitation by the Igbo youth over marginalisation is justified. In spite of the orchestrated alienation of the Igbo, we are committed to a diplomatic approach towards a restructured Nigeria that guarantees equity, fairness and rule of law”.
Credit: The Nation
UdeteeJune 11, 2021 at 8:15 pm
Buhari hates the Igbo but unfortunately he didn’t create them and can never play God of the Igbo nation. All the Igbo nation ask for is fairness and justice. This cannot be a reason to kill them. Buhari’s Government has caused more harm than good to Nigerian unity. Trying to isolate the Igbo when all Nigeria is complaining exposes the president’s innermost hatred for Igbos. The international Community must hold President Buhari responsible for his genocidal words and actions.