Ohanaeze Ndigbo has fired back at the Nigerian Army after it declared that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, are threats to Nigeria’s integrity.
Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia while reacting, said IPOB and ESN are no threat to Nigeria’s integrity, rather they are interested in the Southeast being treated fairly.
He made the remark while faulting the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya.
The COAS had warned IPOB and ESN against threatening Nigeria’s integrity.
A statement by Ogbonnia reads partly: “The attention of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to the remarks made by the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, with the heading: “Don’t threaten Nigeria’s integrity – COAS warns IPOB, ESN.”
Ogbonnia pointed out that IPOB’s philosophy was against the “evil treatment of Igbo” in Nigeria, adding that the group prefers the actualization of Biafra than for Igbos to be marginalized.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the COAS against his selective threat.
“Even when the previous calls on the presidency appear to have fallen on deaf ears, we still remind President Muhammadu Buhari, to rein in on Yahaya from his selective threat to the IPOB.
“Such selective profiling is enough considering the hundreds of lives that have been neutralized through the Bala concept of minimal casualties,” he added.