By Taiwo Okanlawon
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to stop reminding the Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria how he participated in the programme that left over three million people dead.
The group made this known while reacting to a statement issued by the President, sending a strong warning to those fanning the embers of insurrection and those burning down critical national assets.
He gave the warning on Tuesday after he received briefing from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body round the country.
He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian Civil War.
However, HURIWA carpeted Buhari, accusing him of excessive penchant for always robbing soap into the eyes of Igbo speaking Nigerians over his recent threat to deal with youths agitating for self-government in the South East.
HURIWA wondered how Buhari could issue such a threat to the suspected members of the self-determination organisations such as the proscribed Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Survival of Biafra (MASSOB), and multiple other organisations.
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA, asked Buhari to stop threatening war against any section of the country and behave like a statesman except if he wants to tell the world that he is a warlord.
The Rights group pointed out that armed Fulani herdsmen are being allowed to kill thousands of farmers and destroying communities but Buhari allegedly pampers them and has never threatened to take war to their stronghold.
The group noted that whenever issues affecting the South East of Nigeria are involved, Buhari speaks with so much hatred to such an extent that it is becoming apparent that he is not yet tired of waging war against the South East of Nigeria even after he fought on the side of Nigeria for 30 months against the then Biafra Republic.
“Please President Muhammadu Buhari stop reminding us the Igbo of how you participated in the pogroms that resulted in the killing of over 3 million Igbo in the late 60’s and even after destroying the then Eastern Region, General Yakubu Gowon the then wartime junta leader failed to rehabilitate or reconstruct the destroyed Eastern region but after the people through their efforts rebuilt South East of Nigeria, President Buhari is now threatening to launch another civil war against Ndigbo only because a bunch of boys are constructively canvassing self-determination.
“This is outrageous, provocative and sadistic. We condemn this dangerous rhetoric and hate speech with all our hearts and minds and we are putting the World on notice that Muhammadu Buhari plans to carry out another pogrom against Ndigbo”.