- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has replied ex-Sokoto governor, Wamakko, who claimed that the unrest in the southeast is caused by Igbo leaders
- In its response, the influential Igbo group said northern elders are behind the crisis in the southeast
- The group's secretary-general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the north wants to destabilise the southeast to ensure it retains the presidency in 2023
Southeast, Nigeria - Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, has accused the north of masterminding the insecurity in the southeast geo-political zone.
The Guardian reported that the group made the accusation on Monday, June 7, in reaction to the comments by a former governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Wamakko, that Igbo leaders were behind the insecurity in the southeast.
Legit.ng gathers that the secretary-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, described Wamakko’s comments as laughable.
Isiguzoro told the former governor to first fix the crisis in the northern region before making any comment on the southeast.
The revered Igbo group further cautioned Aliyu Wamakko over making impulsive comments which are capable of inciting ethnic cleansing and turmoil in the country.
The group said:
“The north is responsible for all the disaster in the southeast, based on the earlier warning of the United States of America embassy in Abuja, that northern bandits and killer herdsmen were changing positions to Southern Nigeria to wreak havoc and destabilise the zone."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said the Igbo should be allowed to secede from Nigeria if that is what the southeast wants.
Addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting held in Abuja on Monday, June 7, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesman of the forum, said the secession agitation has become widespread that standing in their way will make the situation worse.
Going further, he alleged that leaders in the region appear to support the decision.
In other news, Major General Obi Umahi (retd), the chairman of Ebubeagu, the southeast security committee, has resigned from the position.
The southeast governors' forum had on August 31, 2019, appointed General Umahi as the chairman of the committee.
Legit.ng gathered that Umahi resigned on June 4, in a letter addressed to the chairman of the governors' forum, complaining of lack of funds and office space.