Posted by News Express | 8 June 2017 | 1,703 times
A pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has asked the international community to hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible should the northern youth make good their violent threats to sack Igbo from northern states.
Besides, the rights group has written to major Embassies in Nigeria, calling the attention of the global community to what it called “the well-orchestrated plot backed by the political hawks in the North to wage another campaign of genocide against the Igbo residing peacefully in Northern Nigeria.”
In a statement to the media endorsed jointly by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said the failure of President Buhari to appoint a South Easterner as one of the service chiefs and a member of the National Defence Council is what has emboldened the sponsored Northern Youth to fearlessly and publicly threaten genocide against the Igbo should they fail to quit Northern Nigeria by October 31st 2017.
HURIWA said there were clear evidence of high powered backing of these Northern Youth from the top most echelons of the Presidency dominated mostly by known former officials of the Arewa Consultative Assembly whose youth wing made the threat to force Igbo residing in the North out and to confiscate their lawfully acquired housing/business assets.
Submitting that the venue of the press conference where the threat was made being Arewa House in Kaduna is known as the symbolic political cave of core Northerners and their Political hawks.
HURIWA said: “For the past two years, we have waged relentless advocacy campaigns urging the Buhari government to direct top commanders of the Armed forces to stop his kinsmen the armed Fulani pastoralists to stop killing farmers all over the country but the military under the direct command and control of the president has rather gone after cattle rustlers allowing armed Fulani renegades to freely roam all over the country maiming, killing farmers and destroying communities.
“Now that these Arewa Youth have unleashed a wave of hate filled threats against the Igbo race, it is shocking that 24 hours after, not one of those boys have been picked up by the military and the police. Are the security forces waiting until they have inflicted pains and destroyed legally earned assets of the peaceful Igbo people living in the North before they act belatedly?”
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