Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja; Magnus Eze, Enugu
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s reported comparison of killings in Plateau State to those of Zamfara State as unfortunate.
The foremost Igbo body advised that rather than compare the number of casualties, the Federal Government should rejig its security apparatus, stop further killings and appease the families and communities affected by the senseless killings.
In a statement in Enugu, yesterday, Special Adviser to Chief John Nnia Nwodo, president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Media and Publicity, Chief Emeka Attamah, the group said no human life is greater than the other and that two wrongs do not make a right.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo observed that while the federal government proscribed IPOB a harmless organisation, Miyetti Allah, which has openly claimed responsibility for most of the attacks and killingsfor just the killing or rustling of their cattle have gone around unscathed.
“If government could label IPOB a terrorist organisation, there is no reason the Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of cattle herders, should not be proscribed and their leaders prosecuted,” the group said.
It stated that if the Federal Government is not being partisan why the silence on the utterances of Miyetti Allah who also advanced the killing of their cattle in the Benue massacres for their attacks there.
Meanwhile, former minister of Education and BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) co-convener, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has asked president Buhari to stop the blame-game and end the current reign of lawlessness and killings in the country.
She said the time has come for the president to overhaul the security architecture even as she enjoined him to employ effective measure to address the hopeless state of affairs in Nigeria,
Ezekwesili, in an 18-point statement entitled: ‘It is time to act- Enough is totally and truly now enough’, said the country has turned into a killing field with little or nothing being done by the government to end the ugly trend.
“President Buhari, having watched with consternation the criminal massacre of our fellow Nigerians, especially in the first half of this year, without any evidence of fierce sense of urgency on the part of your government to end the abnormality, I have a simple question for you. Are you by any strange possibility in need of the spilt blood of your citizens?
“I personally reckon that the answer to this outlandish question which some of your citizens are now asking in utter frustration, is no. If, therefore, your own response is no, as I direly hope it is, I have a few demands to make on you to stop the killings now…”