Ohanaeze criticizes Buhari over comments on insecurity in South-east

The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent comments on insecurity in the South-east.

Mr Buhari, on Saturday, condemned attacks against “non-indigenes” and law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South-east.

In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the president urged community and religious leaders in the region to “speak more forcefully against the killings, stand up and defend the ethos of our cultural and religious heritage.”

The president’s reaction came amidst reports of the slaying of six Nigerien citizens and the brutal killing of a number of police officers at their duty posts in the region.

But in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Chiedozie Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze Ndigbo described President Buhari’s comments as “ethnic prejudice taken too far.”

Mr Ogbonnia said the statement presented the South-east as “haven for terrorists that attack non-indigenes and law enforcement officials” and implied that insecurity has worsened in the region because the leaders have not “forcefully spoken.”

Ohaneze-Ndigbo {PHOTO: The Guardian Nigeria]

“This is very unfair to the Igbo, especially when the presidency knows the root cause and the nature of the insecurity in the South-east. It needs to be added that the solution to the insecurity in the South-east lies in the enormous powers of the presidency,” Mr Ogbonnia said.

According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the…

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