Buhari owes Ndigbo apology, says Igbo Nationalist Movement

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Igbo Nationalist Movement, INM, has said that the president, Muhammadu Buhari owes Ndigbo an apology over his unguarded statements in recent past.

The president had in reaction to the insecurity in the South East Region of the country, reminded them of the pogrom that took place in 1967 and threatened he will talk to them in the language they understand.

The statement, INM said has led to the continued deployment of additional troops, and security personnel to the region by the Federal authorities ostensibly in furtherance of President Muhammad Buhari’s avowed threat to treat the South-east and specifically Ndigbo in a manner inconsistent with the fundamental human rights to life which is enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

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They group also expressed serious concern that the president repeated the threat in his recorded interview on AriseTV on Thursday, June 10.

INM in a press release signed by Anthony Olisa Okolo Esq., Barr. Eze Eluchie, Okoro Chinedum Benedict, Chief Peter Agba Kalu, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi) and Onyemuche Mbachu also expressed worry about the inciting, hate-filled messages regularly churned out on social media by some individuals and groups, with some of such messages inciting listeners and adherents to murder, behead and maim military and security personnel and other stated individuals in Nigeria while calling for a sincere dialogue as the only way out.

Part of the statement reads:

“The PresidentMuhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government should as a matter of extreme urgency embark on express efforts to de-militarize Ala-Igbo and the South East and de-escalate the state of insecurity, by ordering an immediate withdrawal of the military from the streets of South-East cities and communities in Ala-Igbo;

“That the five South-East State governments of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, should as a matter of urgency codify and operationalize the indigenous security outfit which they had all committed to for the region – Ebube-Agu. Said Ebube-Agu security outfit should as soon as possible, in collaboration with indigenous establishments such as the Town Unions, step in to restore a bottoms-up approach to security in the region.

“That the five State Governments in the region, firstly at the Local Government levels, then at the State and finally at the regional level, organize multi-sectoral non-partisan all-stakeholders Dialogue Process/Summit on Security. Solutions proffered at this Dialogue Process/Summit should be implemented as soon as possible; and

“That Ndigbo as a people do not engage in foul, incendiary, and uncouth language to achieve our aims or to assert our guaranteed freedoms. Therefore, they advice that Igbo groups and its leadership who does such do not represent the views of all Igbos, and should not be used by the Federal Government to characterize the disposition of the entire South-Eastern geopolitical zone towards the rest of the country, as Ndigbo are firmly committed to non-violent and constitutional means for advancing our demand for a fair, just and equitable country”

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