From Alphonsus Nweze,
The Federal Government of Nigeria which has adopted nonchalant attitudes towards holistically addressing the decades of deliberate structural and political violence,deprivation and marginalization of Igbo ethnic nationality is the prime enemy of united, just, equitable and prosperous Nigeria.
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) made the assertion in a statement they issued to reply the attack on Igbo race by the Arewa Youths, accusing the Mohammed Buhari/ Yemi Osinbajo administration of escalating the neglect, deprivation and marginalization of Ndigbo.
In the statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, the group said “This is to say that the present central government’s policies are utterly distintergrative and pose a serious threat to the united, peaceful, healthy, prosperous Federal Government”.
Intersociety said that the Arewa Youths’ hatred against the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and by extension Ndigbo as well as grand and desperate plot to remove him came to fore in their letter when they accused him of visiting Nnamdi Kanu when he was in detention.
The group noted that was how the North intimidate and harass Igbos who occupy strategic positions to the extent that they hardly act in accordance with their conscience or dictates, saying for the avoidance of nay doubt Ekweremadu has not done anything wrong by going to see Kanu where he was illegally detained because if a Northerner was in his position they would have even gone extra mile to see to the welfare their own people.
“Ekweremadu was mischievously mentioned or singled out in their letter, leaving out the likes of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode who also visited Nnamdi Kanu.’ The group said.
Intersociety reminded the Arewa youths and their sponsors that till date Kanu and others are not criminals or serial violators of the laws of the land like them .
“There is no traces of them taking arms against the people and government of Nigeria within a defined rebellious territory with recorded armaments and human and material casualties on offensives, yet there are motley of recorded or documented, unspeakable state violence against the citizens and properties of Igbo race . It must be further stated that a mere call for constitutional change using non-violence is never a crime in Nigeria “ the group said.