Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said President Buhari has a choice to make between dialogue on one hand and an avoidable war against the Igbo on the other.
This was as a result of President Buhari’s utterances during an interview session with Arise TV, where he said that “tougher times await the people of the Southeast,” stressing that “this time around, they would not allow them any access to the outside world by sea.”
National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Chiedozie Ogbonna, said the President’s remarks was unfair on the zone, stressing that what the country needs urgently is dialogue, mutual toleration and shared values; not the use of force.
according to him: “Ndigbo will not support break-up of Nigeria but Ndigbo will not be victims of Nigeria’s unity.”
Association of Southeast Town Unions in its statement released in Enugu, signed by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe, condemned the violence and agitations in the region, stated that they were products of alleged marginalization by Buhari’s administration.
“We have severally said that if the injustices against Ndigbo in Nigeria are erased today, the agitations will end the next day. The ferment of Biafra that you see today is therefore the symptom of a disease inflicted on Ndigbo by this government and the previous ones.
“On a daily basis, Fulani herdsmen kill our people. They rape our women. They sack our communities. They destroy our farmlands. Our livelihoods are now sorely imperiled by the activities of the herdsmen. Yet, no single herdsman has ever been arrested, not to mention being punished for the atrocities against our poor rural dwellers.”