The pan-Igbo socio cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to the Igbo nation over his recent threat to them on both social and mainstream media.
The position of the group is contained in a statement issued on Thursday, signed by its General Secretary, Mr. Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
In the statement, the group said that it was miffed that Buhari could make such a provocative statement when the people are yet to get over the wounds of the civil war.
They also stated that the statement credited to Buhari though uncalled for is coming against the backdrop of the current trauma the people of the Southeast have suffered in the hands of the current administration.
Ohaneze also expressed its support for efforts being made by governors of the southeast in restoring peace and stability within the region just as it also demanded that the President should regularly meet with the governors, leaders and youths of the Southeast in order to fashion out ways of nipping in the bud, the current situation in the region.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had studied the proclamation of President Muhammadu Buhari on social media responding to the insecurity challenges in southeastern Nigeria and we obliged President Buhari to quickly rescind the threats of repeating the episode of the civil war experience which killed 3 million Igbo people and wreaked havoc on Igbo properties, but rather Mr. President should tender an unreserved apology to Ndigbo, for the civil war contentions against southeast to help avert possible misinterpretation of Nigerians misconstruing him.
“We are using this channel to remind President Buhari that killer herdsmen and Northern bandits based on the earlier warnings of USA Embassy Abuja that “they were heading south to destabilize the region,” the recent provocative onslaught against the southeast gave rise to Northern delinquents commandeered the moment to unleash affliction on security formations and government agencies like INEC.
“We are solidly behind the southeast Governors in these tribulations and difficulties to restore peace and stability in the southeast, and President Buhari should regularly be scheduled to meet with Igbo Governors and leaders including youths and agitators, this exhibition of love are what Nigerians expect from Buhari, not civil war magniloquence.
“Federal Government honored the Yoruba nation through MKO Abiola by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day to heal the psyche and wounds of the past, Southeast should be honored on June 12 Democracy Day through Presidential pardon and amnesty for all repentant Biafra agitators.
“We will not like to be threatened with the genocide of 30 months of Biafra War again.”