Imo attacks: Summon aggrieved parties – Ibegbu tells Buhari

Imo attacks: Summon aggrieved parties – Ibegbu tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Chuks Ibegbu, a former spokesman for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to summon representatives of all agitating groups to discuss ways to unite the country.

Ibegbu also requested the government to issue an express order to Fulani herders to avoid terrorizing innocent Nigerians during an interview with DAILY POST on Thursday.

He bemoaned the deaths of innocent Nigerians at the hands of herdsmen, warning that this could lead to civil war.

Ibegbu asked Igbo leaders to summon a security summit immediately to address the current security challenges in the South South and the Southeast zones.

The immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo lamented the growing looting by government officials and warned that there may be a people’s revolution against corruption and the looting of the common wealth.

Ibegbu also chastised the federal government for blaming the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, for the jailbreak and assault on the Nigeria Correctional Centre and police formations in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

His words, “In as much as we are not speaking for the group or defending them, we assert that such conclusion is not only premature but untenable.

“We expect a discreet investigation first before any such conclusion. The unknown gunmen could have come from anywhere.

“They could even be Boko Haram or killer Fulani herdsmen. Mr President was too hasty and we call on him to retract that insinuation.

“We also feel traumatized in the recent announcement of the new IGP by Mr President. It’s now obvious he does not consider the sensibilities and peculiarities of all sections of Nigeria.

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“This is not the first, second, third or last. Never in Nigeria history have we seen this kind of nepotism”.

Daily Times gathered that the Imo State Police command headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) in Owerri were bombed on Monday.

Force spokesman, Frank Mba, revealed that the attackers used sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

He said the attackers attempt to gain access to the Police armoury at the headquarters was resisted by the police operatives on duty.

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