Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his threat against secessionist agitators in the South-East and apologise to the Igbo people.
Secretary-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro in a statement said Buhari should “quickly rescind the threats of repeating the episode of the civil war experience which killed 3 million Igbo people and wreaked havoc on Igbo properties.
Recall that President Buhari had in a tweet vowed to come down on those against his Government in a language they understand.
“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,” he tweeted.
“Mr. President should also tender an unreserved apology to Ndigbo for the civil war carnage against Southeast,” he said
Isiguzoro said the insecurity in the Southeast may not be far from bandits from the North, stressing that “before now, there was clear warning, even by US Embassy that killer herdsmen and Northern bandits were heading south to destabilize the region. What is happening now is now far from it, so the tag should not be on Igbo youths.”
He added that Ohanaeze were solidly behind the Southeast Governors in the moment of tribulation and difficulty towards the restoration of peace and stability in the region.
“President Buhari should regularly be scheduled to meet with Igbo Governors and leaders, including youths and agitators. This exhibition of love is what Nigerians expect from Buhari, not civil war threat.
“The Federal Government honoured the Yoruba nation through MKO Abiola by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day to heal the psyche and wounds of the past. Southeast should also be honoured through presidential pardon and amnesty for all Biafra agitators.
“Never again should Ndigbo be threatened with the genocide of 30 months of Biafra war,” he stated.