President Muhammadu Buhari has been told that the ball is now in his court to choose between dialogue or war with people of the South East. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide stated this on Thursday after Buhari’s interview with Arise TV. Buhari during the interview revealed that he will send the military, police and other security agents after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to his words; “In any case, we said we will talk to them in the language they will understand. We will organize the police and the army to pursue them; that’s what we can do and we will do it,” Buhari stated.
Ohanaeze, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, also recalled that on 1st June 2021, while addressing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the Presidential Villa, Buhari vowed to shock those bent on destroying his government.
Ohanaeze, while reiterating its stance in adopting dialogue to Nigeria’s current insecurity problem, calls for a dialogue to resolve the present national crises.
According to the statements of Ohanaeze and I read: “With the present level of violence in the country, Nigeria has arrived at a critical juncture. Both history and literature show that the decision taken by a leader at a critical juncture has a lasting effect for the society.
President Muhammadu Buhari has a choice between Dialogue on one hand and an avoidable War against the Igbo on the other hand. Again, history shows that our thoughts are very infinite to the immutable Law of the Universe” the group stated.
The group accused President Buhari of marginalizing the Igbos. They accused Buhari of Deliberate posting of northern military and police officers at the various strategic locations in the South East. According to them, they used the south east as a special national Security Council meeting, where major decisions were taken for the South East and the South-South and to the utter exclusion of security personnel from the South East.
According to the group words; “Launching of the Operation Restore Peace in the South East and South South and shoot on sight order by the inspector general of police are all targeted at the Igbo youths. And the shock of it all is where President Buhari stated that those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned that the unprecedented lopsidedness of the Nigerian government in favour of the Fulanis, to the exclusion of other ethnic groups, especially in the security architecture, will rather exacerbate the internal security challenges in the country.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes that the agitation by the Igbo youth over marginalization is justified. In spite of the orchestrated alienation of the Igbo, we are committed to a diplomatic approach towards a restructured Nigeria that guarantees equity, fairness and rule of law,” the group stated.