The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Uche Okwukwu has asked President Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to the Igbos over his tweet referencing the civil war.
In a statement signed and released by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo on behalf of Okwukwu, the group said it was shocked that President Buhari could make such a ‘provocative statement’ when the people of the South East are yet to get over the wounds of the civil war.
The statement in part reads
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had studied the proclamation of President Muhammadu Buhari on social media responding to the insecurity challenges in southeastern Nigeria and we obliged President Buhari to quickly rescind the threats of repeating the episode of the civil war experience which killed 3 million Igbo people and wreaked havoc on Igbo properties, but rather Mr. President should tender an unreserved apology to Ndigbo, for the civil war contentions against southeast to help avert possible misinterpretation of Nigerians misconstruing him.
We are using this channel to remind President Buhari that killer herdsmen and Northern bandits based on the earlier warnings of USA Embassy Abuja that “they were heading south to destabilize the region,” the recent provocative onslaught against the southeast gave rise to Northern delinquents commandeered the moment to unleash affliction on security formations and government agencies like INEC.
We are solidly behind the southeast Governors in these tribulations and difficulties to restore peace and stability in the southeast, and President Buhari should regularly be scheduled to meet with Igbo Governors and leaders including youths and agitators, this exhibition of love are what Nigerians expect from Buhari, not civil war magniloquence.
Federal Government honored the Yoruba nation through MKO Abiola by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day to heal the psyche and wounds of the past, Southeast should be honored on June 12 Democracy Day through Presidential pardon and amnesty for all repentant Biafra agitators.
We will not like to be threatened with the genocide of 30 months of Biafra War again.”