Ohaneze Ndigbo South Africa condemns in strong terms the terrorist attack carried out against the people of God and Ndigbo on 25th December 2011- Christmas day in Madala,Jos,Yobe and subsequent massacre of Ndigbo in Mubi towns of Nigeria by an Islamic Sect Boko Haram.
This is an act of cowardice on the part of the perpetrators.
One common theme in Nigeria since 1945 is that Igbo life is not sacred; almost nobody is ever brought to book for the spilling of innocent Igbo life. Igbo murderers operate with impunity and even enjoy tacit support of some government officials and security agencies. In the market place, in the churches, on the streets, the bloods of the Igbos are spilled every month. How long shall the world remain silent in the face of continued injustice against Ndigbo?
We condemn the attacks on Churches and Ndigbo by these terrorists Boko Haram.
Ndigbo continue to face the threat of extinction everyday. We have been persecuted and have even fought back against our powerful persecutors for more than half a century now. Rather than bring us peace and security, the silent support of some International bodies has increased the advantage of our oppressors over us.
Today as these horrendous massacres of Ndigbo persist, the federal government and people of Nigeria are busy with the issue of oil subsidy while a section of the country perishes. The world press focuses on oil while human blood, the blood of the Igbos wet the streets of the Northern states of Nigeria.
We cannot continue to watch as the security situation in Nigeria continues to deteriorate. The Federal government of Nigeria must act now to avoid another civil war in the style of Rwanda and Sudan. Now is the time to act before the anger of the youths, as vindictive as it is take matters into their hands.
We stand by the victims in grief and sadness over the unjustified and utterly inhuman tragedy they had to face.
We pray the Lord grant peace to the dead and strength to us the living that we will be victorious in this struggle.
The responsibility of all Igbos, no matter where you come from, is not to allow crises which belong outside our borders to permeate their way in. The security, unity and integrity of our people are a great responsibility and we are all responsible for providing these crucial necessities for future generations.
Let the people of God go to their own land. The time is now.
Onward match the soldiers of Christ and Ndigbo.
Arise my people and confront these anomalies.
Long Live Igbo Nation
Emeka Collins Ezinteje