Human Rights Activist Onyeka Onwenu call on President Buhari to Withdraw Troops From Igboland
NaijaNews Nigeria June 11, 2021
NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the Human rights activist and former executive director/CEO Onyeka Onwenu recently called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate troops from southeastern Nigeria and to engage with secessionist activists in this region.
The proposal was a result of an outcry by the security workers over alleged extrajudicial murders of Igbo youth.
At a press conference held by Igbo Women’s Credible Initiative (CIWI), Onwenu in Lagos stated his concern about the Igboland murders.
She said, “We come here together with one thing in our mind: peace, love, and equity. Something dreadful is happening in the southeast right now. I happened to come from Imo state and I know what people are passing through there. Please, the federal government should stop the killings.
Some people want to agitate for a referendum, it is their right. Some people want to cry out that they are being marginalized, it is their right. Listen to them. You may not agree with them, but they have the right to speak. We are begging, we are asking, please let’s sit down and talk about what is going on. Let’s call our people who are agitating, who are not happy with the situation, and talk to them. Nigerian government let’s talk. Pull out the troops from Igboland.
“I want to use this opportunity to reach out to our young people to embrace dialogue. Please, come let’s talk. We will stand for the right of Igbo people”, Onwenu appealed.
Meanwhile, CIWI, in a communique read by Elvira Silas, condemned the reckless spilling of innocent people by the security operatives, and militarization of Igboland, and the apparent threat by the federal government to use maximum force in dealing with the problem of insecurity in the south east.
The communique read in part, ” We call on the federal government to convoke a security conclave forthwith and stop the bloodletting and remove killer squad from Igboland. No more killings, no more brutality, no more harassment and intimidation of our children.
“We also call on the government to console and compensate the men and women whose children met their untimely death in the hands of the gunmen, both known and unknown.”