Assault towards Northerners: Ohanaeze berates NEF over ‘provocative assertion’
The umbrella physique of Igbo Socio-Cultural Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has lampooned Chief of the Northern Elders Discussion board, NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, over allegations that assaults on northerners exterior the North had been perpetrated by the Igbo.
Professor Abdullahi made the allegation on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State when NEF leaders visited northern communities residing within the South-South to evaluate their affairs after the #EndSARS protests.
President Common of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, frowned “on the incendiary, unsubstantiated and provocative assertion credited to Prof. Ango Abdullahi, alleging that the majority violent acts towards the northerners are perpetrated by the Igbo.”
Reacting to what he described as a “harmful gaffe by a person who by studying, expertise and publicity ought to know higher,” Chief Nwodo stated that the unprovoked outburst by Prof Abdullahi was able to setting the nation ablaze.
The President Common in a launch by his Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, questioned the place and when the Igbo may have killed their northern brothers when there has by no means been any case of mayhem and killings towards the North in any Igbo-speaking state.
He challenged Prof Abdullahi to make public info “to substantiate his wild and malicious declare until it was supposed to arrange the Igbo for one more spherical of killings within the North,” including that with the assertion, the Igbo within the North are usually not secure.
The President Common reminded Prof Abdullahi that quite the opposite, the Igbo have borne the brunt and have been victims of age-long and misguided assaults and bloody orgies by their northern “brothers” on the slightest upheavals within the nation, typically even because of an occasion exterior the nation, and no restitution has ever been made for such losses.
Chief Nwodo regretted that the Igbo, other than innumerable lifeless ones, have misplaced property valued at trillions of naira throughout such mindless assaults within the North, but they’re the catalysts of improvement and the unifying twine that holds Nigeria collectively.
Nwodo advised the Northern Elders Discussion board to exhibit better warning and knowledge in addressing delicate nationwide points like this, reasonably than “stoke additional the hearth of ethnic violence by making such unguarded, unsubstantiated, garrulous and vitriolic claims able to igniting hearth and breakdown of regulation and order that would devour the nation.”
He reminded them that understanding that Nigeria is now a tinderbox, particularly with the heightened frayed nerves arising from the unlucky mismanagement of the material of the nation, warning needs to be the watchword.
Chief Nwodo additional reminded Prof Abdullahi that on the twilight of his life, he ought to espouse salutary views that ought to bind and heal the injuries of the nation in order that he’ll go away behind a greater and united Nigeria.
The President Common referred to as on the Federal Authorities to name NEF to order and make them rescind their inflammatory assertion to keep away from the potential mayhem and confusion it may trigger within the nation.
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