Igbo group, known as the Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, on Thursday, sought the intervention of the international communities across the globe, over the genocidal statement uttered by President Mohammadu Buhari, to deal mercilessly with the Southeast region, in an exclusive interview on Arise TV.
This was made known by the ASETU chairman, Emeka Diwe, who stated this to newsmen in Owerri; in his reaction to Buhari’s outing on Arise TV.
Aggrieved Diwe said for Buhari to have mentioned “Igbo properties scattered all over the country,” could mean a genocidal plot.
He therefore reasoned that agitation for Biafra Republic would stop if the president ends the marginalization against Igbo.
ASETU debated that, “By reminding Ndigbo of our assets that are scattered across the country, President Buhari has only succeeded at giving a tacit support to the rest of Nigeria to be hostile to the Igbo and our interests wherever they are found. This is unfortunate. The fact that Ndigbo live freely everywhere in Nigeria and develop everywhere they find themselves should have made Buhari to know that Ndigbo are better Nigerians and they are the adhesive that holds the country together, and they have contributed to national unity and progress in concrete terms more than any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria”.
In Addition, ASETU affirmed that his statement suggested that there was a plot to commit another genocide against the Igbo. The group demanded the president to retract the statement, tender apologies to Igbo, and desist from the plots to execute Igbo.
The statement partly read: “We herby invite the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to intervene in the Nigerian situation and save the innocent, poor marginalized and defenceless Igbo people, from the looming genocid against us,” Diwe said.
On what prompted the Biafra agitation, the group said, “It is an aberration that in the past six years, no South-Easterner has been appointed in the headship of any security establishment in the country.
“Those who are perpetrating this unfair system against our people, are the sponsors of secession.
“We have severally posited that if the injustice against Ndigbo in Nigeria is erased today, the agitation will end the next day.
Speaking further, the group lamented the negligence of its region, and ‘ill activities’ of Fulani herdsmen.
“The country would go to borrow money abroad, and Igbo land would not be captured in the project on which the loan would be expected. Yet the oil and gas through which the country hopes to repay the loan are mostly found in our land.
“On a daily basis, Fulani herdsmen kill our people. They rape our women. They sack our communities. They destroy our crops. Our livelihoods are now solely imperiled by the activities of the herdsmen”.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 11, 2021