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Igbos are not blood-thirsty … We believe in sanctity of life – Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has stated that the Igbo possess the greatest wanderlust as well as the most hospitable dispositions among the various ethnic groups in the world.
The group’s National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia Ph.D, stated this while reacting to President Muhamadu Buhari’s recent comments on insecurity in the South East.
President Buhari had, through his Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, condemned in strong terms, the recent attacks against non-indigenes and law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South East, calling on the ‘community and religious leaders to speak more forcefully against the killings and to stand up to defend the ethos of the nation’s cultural and religious heritage’.
While joining the presidency and the entire people of Nigeria in condemning the dastardly act that occurred in Imo State, the group maintained that amongst the Igbo, human life is very sacred and the sanctity of life is so elevated that killing of a human being in whatever circumstance is considered an abomination, adding that the recent developments are very much alien in the reflexes, culture and norms of the South East even as it reiterated its earlier call on the Nigerian security operatives to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, however, frowned at the statement by the presidency which is nuanced against the South East as a haven for terrorists that attack non-indigenes and law enforcement officials, implying that the insecurity persists because the leaders have not forcefully spoken.
“This is very unfair to the Igbo especial when the presidency knows the root cause and the nature of the insecurity in the South East. The solution to the insecurity in the South East lies in the enormous powers of the presidency. The failure of the Nigerian security agents to fish out the criminals cannot be blamed on the Igbo”, the group stated.
The group highlighted several cases of terrorists and banditry attacks in the country in recent times, including the kidnapping of the District Head of Daura, the hometown of Mr. President after which Garba Shehu was quoted as saying that the ‘incident was evidence that Daura was not receiving preferential treatment and the insecurity was a national problem’.
It therefore wondered why insecurity should be blamed on the inability of leaders to speak out whenever it occurs in the South East whereas it is considered a national problem when it materializes in the North.
He maintained that the non-indigenes in the South East enjoy untrammeled friendliness, inter-ethnic assimilation and conducive business environment, stressing that what happened to the non-indigenes in the South East is most regrettable as part of the current national calamity.

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