- Ohaneze has told Buratai he lacks the power to declare a state of emergency in southeast
- The Army chief had reportedly mooted the idea after some security operatives were killed in the region
- Meanwhile, the authenticity of the statement has not been confirmed
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has faulted the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over his alleged statement in which he said he would declare a state of emergency in the southeast region.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization said the Army boss lacks the powers to declare a state of emergency in the southeast.
Buratai was said to have made the alleged statement after some security personnel were reportedly attacked in Enugu.
Buratai was said to have been angry and consequently threatened a state of emergency in the region if the attacks continued.
According to The Nation, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Uche Achi-Okpagha, takes exception to the alleged threat.
"The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, threatening to impose a state of emergency in the South East if Governors of the states allowed any further attack on security forces in the states, a statement he has not denied.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo finds it particularly provocative for General Buratai to issue such a warning to governors of the South East where relative peace prevails while he has not done the same in the North Central, North West and North East which have become theatres of war and where army posts and bases have been subjected to incessant attacks by the Boko Haram, ISWA/ISIS, bandits and Fulani herdsmen, killing and maiming Nigerian soldiers,” the statement read in part.
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Recall that Legit.ng reported that the call of Governor David Umahi for service chiefs to be retained was backed by the Ohanaeze Youth Assembly (OYA).
The South-East youths disclosed this in a statement signed by its president, Henry Chukwuemeka Udeh, on Saturday, August 8.
Following the call for the sack of service chiefs in the face of the current security challenges, the governor of Ebonyi state, had urged Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari not to listen to the call.
According to the group, Umahi’s counsel represents the popular view of Nigerians.
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