SOUTH EAST IS FACING STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM

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TEXT OF A MEDIA CONFERENCE BY HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA):

Gentlemen of the media, we plead with you to inform the rest of the civilized world that the South East of Nigeria is a region that is now facing state sponsored terrorism with the direct link to Abuja’s seat of political power. Also this state sponsored terrorism targeting South East of Nigeria is happening because both the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of the South East of Nigeria have failed to do the needful to put effective security mechanisms to confront these terrorists for the reason that the armed Fulani kidnappers and herdsmen who are unleashing violence across all parts of South East of Nigeria are being pampered by the political powers that be in Abuja.

We need to start by correcting the President who made an unfortunate statement that was full of inaccuracies and characterized by hatred for the Igbo race.

In just only within two weeks, President Buhari made two statements that betrays his hatred for the Igbo ethnicity.

The first one was when he threatened to revisit the South East with the civil war treatment in such a way that he bragged that he will deal with agitators belonging to the indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the language that they understand which is widely interpreted to mean ruthless violence.

President Buhari then proceeded to upload that genocidal hate speech in his twitter account which was subsequently deleted.

The action of twitter to delete the hate speech generated the hasty and irrational shut down of the social media platform-: twitter and the government has since unleashed a rash of dictatorial policies aimed at denying access of social media to millions of Nigerians.

Through the incompetent National Broadcasting Commission, the minister of Information who hates free speech Lai Mohammed is now seeking to force all social media activities to be licenced before such are used in Nigeria in a bid to absolutely put under dictatorial control the use to which social media platforms are put.

All these calculated attacks are happening because  twitter stopped President Buhari from using their platform to instigate hate crime against the Igbo speaking ethnicity.

President Buhari then escalated his Coordinated attack against the South East of Nigeria by describing the region as “only a dot in the circle of Nigerian Map” just as he pejoratively referred to Ndigbo as  IPOB as if he is unaware that the ethnicity known as Igbo is not the other name for IPOB since IPOB is only a group of some Young agitators who are democratically agitating for self-determination. AGITATING PEACEFULLY FOR SELF GOVERNMENT,  SELF RULE OR SELF DETERMINATION ARE RECOGNIZED UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANTS ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS.

But President Buhari told Arise news TV categorically that IPOB is Igbo when he made the sarcastic comments that shows that he is either deliberately engaging in selective amnesia or willful forgetfulness. To say IPOB is IGBO is like saying MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION IS FULANI.

Buhari had during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday said that the, ‘”IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they will have no access to anywhere.

“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and property, I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.

“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.”

President Buhari’s statement, according to analysts, showed clearly that the President does not understand that Igbo Ethnic bloc is different from the sefl determination campaign group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Gentlemen, these series of hate filled speeches against Igbo ethnicity by President Buhari was soon followed by a well coordinated attack by suspected armed Fulani kidnappers deep inside of Igboland, coming only few weeks after over 50 Igbo citizens were massacred by armed Fulani herdsmen in a  town neighboring Ebonyi and Benue State. This one of the last twenty four hours happened between ARONDIZUOGU/AKOKWA AND ENUGU STATE.

In this latest dare devil attacks, at least, twenty travellers on their way to Enugu State were reportedly kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

It was gathered that the kidnappers were operating along the Okigwe-Onuimo axis in Okigwe LGA of Imo State.

One of the passengers who allegedly witnessed the incident said the herdsmen, disguised as police officers, intercepted the 18 seater bus they were travelling to Enugu in and ordered three passengers into a nearby bush.

He said the herdsmen also commandeered a sienna bus fully loaded with passengers, including the driver.

He said, “Fulani herdsmen were armed and disguised as police officers at a checkpoint along Okigwe road.

“They surrendered us and took away three travellers from the 18 seater-bus and all the travellers in a sienna bus also going to Enugu.

“The worst is that there was no sign of security agents and no available means of contacting them.

“As you can see, passengers who are lucky, are still in a panic mode because nobody knows where the others were taken to,” he narrated.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, proved abortive as his number was not reachable. This is all too clear because the newly posted police commissioner has an agenda to carry out which is to decimate the Eastern Security Network which was organised to go after armed Fulani herdsmen so they are incapable of stopping the state sponsored terrorism against NDIGBO.

Gentleman, these attacks are not isolated. They are only coming up with ferocity because the South East governors have successfully deceived their people that they have set up a regional security vigilante called Ebube Agu.

This deception was calculated to provide the enabling environment for the governor of Imo State to invite the Army and Police to go after the Eastern Security network which was set up by some patriotic Igbo youths to chase away armed Fulani herdsmen attacking Igbo land.

However, the governors of the South East particularly the governor of Imo State who went after the ESN knew that the South East governors were never ready to set up functional security outfit to stop these incessant attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen.

They pretended to have set up Ebubeagu but they lied. This has manifested in the open because theChairman, South-East Security Committee, Major General Obi Umahi (retd.), has resigned his appointment.

The South-East Governors’ Forum had on August 31, 2019, appointed Gen. Umahi as the chairman security committee.

The committee was charged to draft a framework for the establishment of a South-East joint security outfit to cater to the security needs of the zone.

it was said that infighting among the South-East governors delayed the launch of the security outfit, which made the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra exploit the vacuum to float the Eastern Security Network.

But Umahi in his resignation letter dated June 4, 2021, titled, ‘Resignation as Chairman South-East Security Committee – Ebube Agu’ and addressed to Chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum, disclosed that his committee was never funded while no office was provided for them through the duration.

The letter, which Umahi had confirmed to The media read in part, “On 11th April, 2021, SE governors announced the formation of Ebube Agu at Owerri. Subsequently, the draft legal framework produced by the 21-man Committee was reviewed by SE Security Committee members and the Attorney Generals of the five SE States to suit South East Ebubeagu Security outfit.

“The SE Security Committee thoroughly prepared and submitted the modalities, including the structure, for the take-off of Ebube Agu to the Governors’ Forum during the security of South-East Governors’ Forum, attended by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and some other Igbo leaders, a request that Ebube Agu should be jointly rolled out as a matter of urgency and also funded by the governments of the five South-East states. From inception to date, SE Security Committee was never funded at all in any capacity and not even an office space was provided.

“I respectfully request that Your Excellencies kindly permit me to resign my appointment as the chairman, SE Security Committee. In the spirit of my love to serve Ndigbo, I can assure you that I will always be available to advise on the success of Ebube Agu at no cost.”

Also, the governor of Imo State who is instrumental to the invasion of South East by the armed Soldiers and Police to go after ESN, has just admitted that he has no initiative to guarantee security of lives and property of Imo State citizens.

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has declared that he cannot guarantee security in the state if left alone.

After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Uzodimma told newsmen that stakeholders, including traditional, religious and political leaders, must engage more with the people to restore normalcy in the beleaguered state. THIS SAME GOVERNOR INVITED SOLDIERS TO DESTROY THE INFRASTRUCTURE SET UP BY SOME CONCERNED IGBO YOUTHS UNDER THE AUSOICES OF EASTERN SECURITY NETWORK TO SAFEGUARD IGBOLAND IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY SORT OF CONCRETE COMMITMENT ON THE PART OF THE SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS TO CONCRETISE THE EBUBEAGU SECURITY OUTFIT.

According to HOPE UZODINMA, former political office holders, who fail to speak against the activities of trouble-makers, have questions to answer.

“If they speak out against the unwholesome activities of those destabilising the country, things would be different,” he said, adding that he was at the Villa to brief the President on the situation in the state. SO CLEARLY HOPE UZODINMA OPERATES LIKE THE COLONIAL ORDERLY POSTED TO IMO STATE BY ASOROCK SINCE HE HAS NO ABILITY TO PROTECT IMO STATE.

So it is clear that the governors of South East of Nigeria and President Buhari are all in this together and their resolve to go after ESN and use the force of weapons to destroy them only for going after armed Fulani herdsmen who have now relaunched their attacks on South East is an evidence that South East is facing State sponsored terrorism and the World should know.

For the President Muhammadu Buhari his hobby is to go after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), noting he will ensure they are rid of “their criminal tendencies”.

The President stated this in an Arise TV interview on Thursday (June 10, 2021).

Buhari while reiterating the seriousness of his statement “we will treat them in the language they understand”, he said; “What it means for the IPOB is that I will go after them through the military and police and rid them of their criminal tendencies. I have no regret whatsoever…”

Also speaking on the issue of insecurity and nepotism, the President said; “Two South West Governors came to me to say cattle rearers are destroying farms in their states, I asked them what happened to the grassroot security panels from Traditional Rulers to Local Governments who meet regularly to identify the root of their problems and identify crooks within their environment and apprehend the criminals.

“Who destroyed this system? Go back and fix it, give your people sense of belongings.

“I don’t like it when people campaign to become Governors and people trusted them with their votes and after winning, they can’t perform, they’re trying to push responsibilities to others.

“We have three tiers of Government, Federal, State and Local. We have killed the Local Government totally.

The above are clear body of evidence that South East governors are working together with President Buhari to open up the South East of Nigeria to these kinds of attacks.

PRAYER:

We are calling on World leaders to take special note that there is an ongoing State sponsored terrorism against Igbo of Nigeria and the President seems clearly to be the one directing this systematic attacks but crudely, the governors of the South East of Nigeria are complicit in these series of war crimes against Ndigbo.

COMRADE EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO:

NATIONAL COORDINATOR:

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).

FRIDAY 11TH JUNE 2021.

 

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