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Thursday, June 08, 2017

PRESIDENT BACKING UP GROUPS THAT ASK IGBOS TO LEAVE


A pro-democracy and non-governmental organization, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has alleged that the group who ordered Igbos to vacate the North in three months, Coalition of Northern Youths, CNY, has the support of some top officials from the Presidency.
Disclosing this in a statement, the pro-democracy group claimed that the current “presidency is dominated mostly by known former officials of the AREWA CONSULTANTIVE ASSEMBLY whose youth wing made the threat” to force Igbo residing in the North out and to “confiscate their lawfully acquired housing/business assets.”
In the statement jointly by the National coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA alleged that “there are evidence of high powered backing” of these Northern Youth from the “top most echelons of the current presidency.”
The group noted that the venue of the press conference which the threat was issued – being AREWA HOUSE in Kaduna is known as the “symbolic political cave of core Northerners and their Political hawks.”
Consequently, HURIWA urged the international community to hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible should the Northern youths make good their threats to sack Igbo from the North.
HURIWA said the failure of Buhari to appoint a South Easterner as one of the Service Chiefs and a member of the National Defence Council is what has emboldened the sponsored Northern Youth to fearlessly and publicly threaten genocide against the Igbo should they fail to quit Northern Nigeria by October 31st 2017.
The pro-Democracy group also disclosed that it has written to major embassies in Nigeria, calling the attention of the global community to the well-orchestrated plot backed by what it termed “political hawks in the North to wage another campaign of genocide against the Igbo residing peacefully in Northern Nigeria.”
The statement reads, “For the past two years, we have waged relentless advocacy campaigns urging the Buhanri’s government to direct top commanders of the Armed forces to stop his kinsmen the armed Fulani paternalists to stop killing farmers all over the country but the military under the direct command and control of the president has rather gone after cattle rustlers allowing armed Fulani renegades to freely roam all over the country maiming, killing farmers and destroying communities.
“Now that these Arewa Youth have unleashed a wave of hate filled threats against the Igbo race, it is shocking that 24 hours after, not one of those boys have been picked up by the military and the police. Are the security forces waiting until they have inflicted pains and destroyed legally earned assets of the peaceful Igbo people living in the North before they act belated?
“May we use this medium to once more ask that president Buhari respects the constitutional principle of Federal character and appoint a Military officer of South East extraction as one of the service chiefs to guarantee the over 70 million Igbo people of their safety and security.”
HURIWA cited section 14(3) of the constitution which reads, “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional group in that Government or in any of its agencies.”
The group said a situation where all the key Defence chiefs and the National Security Adviser to the President, all heads of security affiliated agencies and paramilitary including department of state services (DSS), Nigeria police force are predominantly from the North, does not augur well for national tranquility and fairness even as the group linked the security breaches by armed Fulani terrorists and now the threat to unleash violence on Igbo in the North to the skewed appointments of these key officers from one region and one faith group.
Faulting the hate speech from the Northern youth, HURIWA said there was nothing untoward in the peaceful agitation for self-determination by the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) provided they are going about their activities lawfully and moreover the international covenant on civil and political Rights recognizes right to self-determination for indigenous groups.
The group charged security forces to arrest those AREWA youth threatening violence and prosecute them, else the Igbo should defend themselves because the Rights to freedom of movement and Right to life are constitutional imperatives.


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