- The Ohaneze Ndigbo has criticised alleged plan by the federal government to give money to Miyetti Allah
- The apex Igbo body called on its people to be ready for self defence against attackers
- The Igbo group questioned the government's proscription of IPOB
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has sent a message to its people urging them to reactivate local defence in the wake of the alleged threat by the Miyetti Allah.
The Nation reports that the socio-cultural group in a communique signed by the president general, Nnia Nwodo, following their meeting on Thursday, June 6, called on Igbos to await “next directives after consultation with our political and religious leaders, legislators, traditional rulers, town unions and affiliate organisations.”
The group criticised the ongoing negotiations between the federal government and Miyetti Allah to give them a grant of N100 billion. “Why on earth these gun trotting militants should be protected financially and insulated from criminal prosecution whilst IPOB, an armless group of Igbos is proscribed and categorized as dangerous to national security, bugs our imagination,” the group queried.
Ohaneze claimed that there was a huge network of armed herdsmen camped in various bushes and farms, kidnapping several indigenes including priests in the southeast and southwest.
The Igbo group said: "Several local and international mining companies have without license occupied parts of Northern Nigeria and engaged in continuous and inhibited illegal mining of Nigeria’s mineral resources, protected by local and foreign militia and carting away and selling valuable mineral resources whose proceeds are undeclared in the national treasury, whereas oil deposits in the South are exploited and used for the benefit of the entire nation.
”A Muslim militant group with all the features and characteristics of ISIS is invading parts of Northern Nigeria, capturing district heads, stealing and rampaging in various communities and forcing Nigerians in these areas to flee from their homes, in some cases, away to neighbouring countries."
The group claimed that Miyetti Allah and militant herdsmen have continued to kill, maim and destabilize Christian areas in parts of Kaduna and other parts of the Middle Belt with very little containment by national security forces.
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”What is most is that very few arrests, seizures of arms or prosecution have been made in all these instances by our national security forces. The impression is created that their activities have the encouragement, sanction or acquiescence of our national security forces. In the President’s home state Katsina, the District Head of Daura is now under captivity for 32 days.”
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, tasked governors and politicians in Igboland to serve the people diligently or quit from politics.
The spokesman of the group, Chuks Ibegbu, also warned the governors against looting public funds, while also charging the people to watch their elected officials, The Nation reports.
In the same vein, the leadership of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) also called on the governors not to forget the campaign promises they made.
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