- The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has condemned a petition calling for the disqualification of the past service chiefs on their ambassadorial nomination
- SHAC said the petition has the footprint of the Eastern Security Network of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
- According to SHAC, there are plans to disrupt Senate confirmation of the past service chiefs
A civil society organisation, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) on Monday, February 15, called the attention of foreign missions to plots by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to blackmail the immediate past service chiefs.
The group said the IPOB members disgruntled over the nomination of the service chiefs as non-career ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari plans to scuttle their confirmation by the Senate.
A statement issued by the director of foreign affairs, SHAC, Ogbe Owoicho, and seen by Legit.ng, the group said the petition calling for the disqualification of the former military chiefs has all the handwritings of the Eastern Nigeria’s Rights and Intelligentsia Coalition.
Owoicho said that it is laughable that the petitioners called for the diplomatic community to disqualify the former service chiefs over what he described as falsehood.
"The so-called coalition requested the 31 foreign missions in Nigeria to disqualify these eminent Nigerians, who President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated as ambassadors. They also want the recipients of their letters to declare these patriotic Nigerians as persona non grata in their countries."
He said that it is the responsibility of the Senate and the foreign nations to disregard the rants contained in the letters.
Stating that the petition is aimed at embarrassing various diplomatic missions, Owoicho said all nations that profess themselves as friends of Nigeria should immediately put this coalition in its place.
Owoicho further urged the Nigerian government and relevant authorities to note that complacency of the IPOB is no longer an option in view of the repeated diplomatic salvos that the Eastern Nigeria’s Rights and Intelligentsia Coalition have fired against the country.
We call on the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, Israel, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Sweden to disregard the rants contained the letters that were delivered to embarrass their diplomatic missions."
"The intervention needed from these countries is to offer mental health support and psychiatric rehabilitation to members of the coalition that presented such dislocated communication to them in the name of a petition."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had nominated the past service chiefs for confirmation as non-career ambassadors of the country.
The president in a letter on Tuesday, February 9, urged the Nigerian Senate to consider the confirmation of the immediate past service chiefs.
Also, the past chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (retired) has said that he would not respond to criticism against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buratai said the call for his probe by the PDP needs no response because he is not a politician like members of the party.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.