Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said that it suspects that agents of deep State may be involved in the recent attacks in the South East and South-South regions of the country.
HURIWA said that what a decent and thinking government should have done is to investigate the attacks using the best global practices, adding that failure to do this could mean that there were already plots in Abuja to cause maximum chaos in the usually peaceful South East of Nigeria just to destroy the economy of the same people deprived of government jobs.
According to the rights group, this systematically points to the possible involvement of the DEEP State, calling on the United Nations and the European Union to investigate this.
HURIWA, in a press conference addressed by its coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in Abuja on Tuesday, said the group was particularly concerned with the pattern and methodology of these attacks and the ease with which the attackers carried out the criminal acts and then disappeared into thin air only for the Nigerian Police Force to start their empty media propaganda and to hang onto the most untested and ridiculous claims.
HURIWA noted that the current administration has since 2015 openly confessed pathological hatred for the Igbo-speaking people of the South East of Nigeria.
It recalled that the President had in his first ever international media interview in 2015 told the World that the Igbo and South South gave him 5% of votes and so he will not treat the Igbo same way as the North that gave him 95%, adding that the President has kept his word by giving all the strategic security posts to the Muslim Hausa/Fulani North.
“The President did not trust sons and daughters of the South East of Nigeria enough to assign one of the top internal security jobs even when by merits, there are several qualified Igbo-speaking officers.
“By the way, and by way of analogy, the current Army Chief was a Major General. Are there no Major Generals of Igbo extraction or are there no Igbo equivalents of major General in other segments of the Armed Forces like the Navy and Air Force?” HURIWA wondered.
“The President does not like the faces of Igbo except the person whom he made his official photographer. So you can see that the South East of Nigeria has received unfavourable treatment. The key spokesman of the President behaves more like the defender of Miyetti Allah castle sellers than an officer working for the citizens and the nation-Nigeria.
“There have been at least one dozen deaths of Civilians by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen in the South East since 2015 till even as recently as two days back. This government did not describe the attacks as terrorism. Even the one in Ebonyi that the friend of the President, Governor Umahi directly accused armed Fulani, herdsmen.
“The armed bandits destroying North West are terrorists, but this government rebaptized them as armed bandits and has watched as someone who is a religious cleric is busy defending these terrorists and even insulting Journalists for calling the armed bandits as criminals. Last time, a group affiliated to Fulani herdsmen said they attacked Benue Governor, but the President said nothing.
“The National Security Adviser says the man Sheikh Gumi has the right to talk to whomsoever he wishes to talk to, but this is the same government that the police have shot and killed about two or more journalists only because they were covering protests by Islamic Movement of Nigeria here in Abuja.
“The last attack in the Ebonyi community by armed Fulani herdsmen in which a priest and 30 other innocent civilians were slaughtered was never described as terrorists but rather Garba Shehu who signed a statement on behalf of the President who reportedly went to see his British doctor, sounded patronizing and dramatic by issuing empty threat to deal with them.
“Now, the attacks in Owerri has been hurriedly described as an act of terrorism and the IGP whose stay in office is a subject of intense ligation by citizens, quickly said IPOB was responsible and then as expected the so-called spokesmen of IPOB says they were not responsible.
“We will show you that there is more to it than meets the eyes when analytically observing the statements of persons who said they speak for Mr. President- the same person who defends Myetti Allah vigorously each time people are killed in Benue or Southern Kaduna even when the survivors say they heard their attackers speak Fulfulde. We suspect that agents of DEEP State may be involved.”
Furthermore, the rights group wondered, “Where were the Police/Army /DSS/Civil defence when these attackers struck in Owerri and reportedly operated for three hours to an extent that even Akara sellers videoed the incidents but no one counter-attack was launched?
“Is it not these police, soldiers, DSS that usually get wind of IPOB meetings and ESN camps and usually launch massive counter operation to nip their activities in the bud with many of the alleged IPOB members killed extrajudicially, but gunmen struck and destroyed strategic National Security assets in Owerri but rather than for IGP, DG of DSS, Army Chief and Comptroller General of Prisons to resign for dereliction of duty or to be queried by the Commander-in-Chief, the president is now quoted to have bought into the propaganda by the IGP that IPOB was involved even when IPOB according to reports, denied ever being involved? Where are the solid evidences, and when was forensic investigations by police carried out or do they work by beer parlour rumours?
“Why the haste to deploy the military to the East if there is no agenda already packaged long ago only waiting for the trigger to now launch the planned attack? Is the government rewarding failures of all the relevant heads of Security institutions who went to bed and were deep asleep or pretended to be asleep when these Godforsaken Violent Criminals hit the prisons and destroyed the entire facility belonging to the Police and yet the Military has a base somewhere only a few minutes walk from where these gunmen attacked in Obinze?
“Where was the governor of Imo State during the attack that lasted several hours that even motor park touts videoed? We are calling on the United Nations to note that there is a plan to carry out genocide against innocent Igbo citizens in the guise of looking for IPOB? The United Nations and the international community must intervene now to stop the Rwanda-type genocide that we fear will happen.
“The Nigerian government must never be allowed to repeat the genocide that was carried out against Igbo before the war in the 1960s
“We will hire private investigators allowed by the new police Act to independently unravel the actual source or sources of the plot against the South East.
“The Central government must not behave like it is out to degrade, decimate and destroy the South East.
“Igbo in diaspora who have contacts with World leaders should stop sitting on the fence. Your homeland is about to be desecrated; will you not speak out or are you comfortable with these attacks which initially was coloured as targeting security forces and National Security Institutions? And now without any sort of investigations, those who are privileged to have been nepotistically appointed into National Offices are now seeking to execute their anti-Igbo agenda.
“Tell us whether it is ethically, legally, morally right for these same police, military, DSS that failed to protect public institutions and their officers most of whom serving in the East especially the police to now be drafted to unleash violence on innocent people.”