NIGERIA – Socio-cultural organizations, Igbo Peoples Assembly, (IPA) and Igbo Aborigenes, have berated Governor Nyesom Wike over the outbreak of violence at Oyigbo in Rivers State during the End SARS protest.
The Igbo groups described Governor Wike as an enemy of Ndigbo for inviting the Army to Obigbo in Rivers State.
The Spokesmen of the two socio-cultural bodies, Vincent Ekejiuba and Don Ikpe in a joint statement signed and made available, alleged that Governor Wike invited the genocidal Nigeria Army to show that he is a paid agent of forces opposed to Igbo existence.
“Wike is among the elements trying to erase Igbo natural ownership of Obigbo and other towns in Rivers state thus giving credence to the sordid past when Igbos were dispossessed their properties in Port Harcourt. Boko Haram and Bandits are ravaging the north and Fulani herdsmen are doing same even in Governor Wike’s village and that has not attracted the kind of genocide Wike is leading now in Obigbo.
“We call on the international community to intervene now before it’s too late. Igbos are not begging anybody to be Igbo and if Wike decides to be Rivers or Niger Delta man, that is his business,” they said.
In the same vein, Ikwerre Youth Consultative Forum,(IYCF), Niger Delta Unity Forum, (NDUF), have called on the federal government to fish out the soldiers behind the invasion.
The spokesmen of the groups, Reginald Okparama and Fengene Broadrick called on Governor Wike to halt the invasion immediately and not use the Indigenous People Biafra, IPOB, as an alibi to continue his atrocity in Obigbo.
On his part, Chuks Ibegbu, the spokesman of the apex socio-cultural, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the army to leave Obigbo immediately, noting that Ohanaeze leadership will meet immediately on that and other national issues.
He noted that the End SARS protest took place in all parts of the country with its attendant fallouts and Obigbo or any part of the country should not be isolated for any special punishment.
Ibegbu warned the army to respect the lives of Nigerians irrespective of their place of origin, noting that any ethnic bias in army interventions will be catastrophic.