The Igbo National Council (INC) has expressed worries over the increasing violent attack and militarization of the South-East to reduce the population of the Igbo nation.
INC has insisted that the recent attacks and operation in the southeast region is a plot by the cabal in the Presidency to invade Igboland before the 2023 general elections.
The Igbo National Council further claimed that the cabal in Presidency had failed to achieve their project through the merciless attacks by Miyetti Allah-backed herdsmen and the RUGA program which was planned to happen in the region.
According to a press statement released by its President, Chilos Godsent, forwarded to INFOXCLUSIVE Media on Sunday, the group, lamented that the militarization of Igboland has resulted in the arbitrary arrest, torture, and killing of civilians in the name of hunting for unknown gunmen in the southeast and south-south.
The Igbo National Council further urged Hope Uzodinma of Imo state and his Ebonyi counterpart, Dave Umahi, to quickly convene a multi-stakeholder peace summit to address the numerous challenges that have given rise to increasing violent conflicts and militarization of the southeast region.
The organization equally called on the National Assembly (NASS) to pressurize the Presidency to order the immediate withdrawal of the ‘bloodthirsty soldiers allegedly killing unarmed civilians across the Igbo nation especially in Imo and Ebonyi states.
They insisted that the operatives of the joint military task force lacked the prerequisite competence to maintain law and order in line with the United Nations Standard, reminding Igbo political elites that it’s high time they rose to the reality and speak out against the military brutalities on the innocent civilians.
The statement partly read, “We have observed the desperate reckless engagement of the murderous Fulani armed military gang against the armless Igbo population in our territory. Within the last four weeks, residents of Imo, Benue, Rivers, Abia, Enugu, Anambra, and the Akwa Ibom States respectively have been subjected to heavy attacks by the so-called unknown gunmen and the Nigeria counter joint military squad. This attack has resulted in the arbitrary arrest, torture, and killings of civilians in the name of hunting for unknown gunmen.
“Scores of civilians are being killed daily yet the Igbo political elites have kept mute in the face of this unholy onslaught against the Igbo Nation States in Nigeria while their Fulani counterparts are seriously speaking out to support their people. The reckless engagement of the Joint Military Task Force against unarmed civilians in the Igbo Nation is an indicator of a second pogrom against the Igbo Race in Nigeria”.
Recall that the five states of Southeast Nigeria are being ravaged by attacks by unidentified gunmen which had led to razing down of security formations, government-owned facilities, and as well killing of security personnel.
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