On Thursday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide stated that President Muhammadu Buhari ‘has a choice between dialogue and an avoidable war against the Igbo.’
The organization was responding to the President’s interview on Arise TV, in which he warned that the Igbo “are scattered throughout Nigeria with their businesses and property, and should not be causing trouble.”
Buhari went on to say that because Ndigbo is landlocked, it will be denied “sea access to the outside world.”
“In any case,” he says, “we promised to communicate with them in a language they could understand.” We will organize the police and the army to find them; we can and will do so.
“In any case,” he says, “we said we’d talk to them in a language they’d understand.” We will organize the police and the army to track them down; that is what we can and will do.”
Ohanaeze also recalled that on June 1, 2021, while addressing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Villa, President Buhari “vowed to shock those bent on destroying” his government, according to a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia.
On June 4, Ohanaeze quoted its president-general, Ambassador George Obiozor, calling for a ‘dialogue to resolve the current national crises’ while reiterating its stance in adopting dialogue to Nigeria’s current insecurity.
It went on to say, “With the current level of violence in Nigeria, Nigeria has reached a critical juncture.” Both history and literature demonstrate that a leader’s decision at a critical juncture has a long-term impact on society.
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“On the one hand, President Buhari must choose between dialogue and an avoidable war against the Igbo. Again, history demonstrates that our thoughts are very insignificant in comparison to the immutable Law of the Universe.”
It did, however, observe some injustices directed at Ndigbo, such as: “deliberate posting of northern military and police officers at various strategic locations in the Southeast; special national security council meeting, where major decisions were taken for the South East and the South South to the complete exclusion of security personnel from the South East.”
“The launch of Operation Restore Peace in the South East and South South; the inspector general of police has issued a shoot-on-sight order targeting Igbo youths. And the shocking Twit in which Mr. President stated that “those of us who have been in the fields for 30 months, who have been through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
The statement continued, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned that the Nigerian government’s unprecedented lopsidedness in favor of the Fulani, to the exclusion of other ethnic groups, particularly in the security architecture, will exacerbate the country’s internal security challenges.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes that the Igbo youth’s agitation over marginalization is justified. Despite the orchestrated alienation of the Igbo, we remain committed to a diplomatic approach to a restructured Nigeria that ensures equity, fairness, and the rule of law.”