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‘Stop threatening Igbos with Pogrom’ – HURIWA warns Buhari

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has warned the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to forthwith, stop reminding the Igbo speaking people of how over three million people died during the civil war.

In a statement Tuesday, HURIWA accused the president of excessive penchant for always robbing soap into the eyes of Igbo speaking Nigerians over his recent threat to deal with youths agitating for self-government in the South East.

Buhari had on Tuesday after a security briefing about the attacks on facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the South East, threatened to deal decisively with those who according to him, want to destroy his government.

Buhari said such individuals or groups will receive the shock of their lives as they will be treated in a language they will understand.

But HURIWA, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA, asked Buhari to stop threatening war against any section of the country and behave like a statesman except if he wants to tell the world that he is a warlord.

The Rights group pointed out that armed Fulani herdsmen are being allowed to kill thousands of farmers and destroying communities but Buhari allegedly pampers them and has never threatened to take war to their stronghold.

The group noted that whenever issues affecting the South East are involved, Buhari speaks with so much hatred that leaves one in no doubt he is eager to wage war against the region.

“Please President Muhammadu Buhari stop reminding us the Igbo of how you participated in the pogroms that resulted in the killing of over 3 million Igbo in the late 60’s and even after destroying the then Eastern Region, General Yakubu Gowon the then war time junta leader failed to rehabilitate or reconstruct the destroyed Eastern region but after the people through their efforts rebuilt South East of Nigeria, President Buhari is now threatening to launch another civil war against Ndigbo only because a bunch of boys are constructively canvassing self-determination,” the statement read.

“This is outrageous, provocative and sadistic. We condemn this dangerous rhetoric and hate speech with all our hearts and minds and we are putting the World on notice that Muhammadu Buhari plans to carry out another pogrom against Ndigbo”.

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