Nigerian based Human Rights organization, the Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has promised to challenge Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike, in the International Criminal Court, ICC, over its inflammatory statements against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The provocative comments spurred lots of reactions as many Nigerians are making politicians understand that self determination was never a crime.
Wike was quoted to have said that “IPOB members who refuse to repent immaculately would soon meet their funeral,” during the commissioning of construction work at th Ahoada campus of the Rivers State University, (RUST), and the dualization of the Ahoada Omoku Road in Ahoada town.
Reacting to this statements, the Executive Director of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a signed statement said the governor was power-drunken, to threaten massacre of IPOB. He admonished the governor to retrace his steps, and apologize to IPOB, or be prepared to face the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.
The group said, “The threat by governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to kill, and bury IPOB members like vultures, is rather unfortunate and dangerous for our fragile country.
“It shows a man who is power drunk, uncouth and speaks without thinking.
“Only a man, who is power drunk can make such threats against a non violent group, only seeking for self determination.
“We urge him to recant that statement or we will challenge him before the Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, if he carries through his primitive and unconstitutional threat”.
Similarly, HURIWA slammed the Nigerian army for reportedly launching genocidal attacks in the Southeast, stressing that the it was mobilizing all affiliates bodies to call Nigerian authorities to order.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 4, 2021