Chairman, Board of Directors of World Igbo Congress (WIC), Prof. Anthony Ejiofor, has lamented the comments credited to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, during the unveiling of Operation Restore Peace in the South East.
He specifically chided the IGP over his comments in which he directed police officers not to wait for the agitators and criminals to come to them, but take the battle to them.
Ejiofor stressed that the IGP’s comment was not the prescription for peace and that the police boss cared less if his directive would agitate Southeasters, who desired to visit their home states.
“As the chief law enforcement agent of Nigeria, the IGP did not bother about the killer herdsmen, who engage in banditry, killing and kidnaping in the country.
“He has not ordered a shoot-on-sight on those carrying AK-47 in the North East, but instead the criminals are paid and rehabilitated to fight their enemies in the South.
“The World Igbo Congress want immediate redeployment of the Acting IGP since he has succeeded in deploying terror in the South East. The final onslaught to annihilate our people has started. The Buhari government imported foreign invaders and gave them access to invade the Imo State Prison, in their attempt to unleash terror and start killing innocent Igbo youths, who are clamoring for good governance,” he stated.
He lamented that unknown gunmen are on a killing spree in the hinterlands, disrupting local vigilantes and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) from securing Igboland.
“The WIC and coalition of all Diaspora Igbo organisations are troubled by the IGP’s comments,” he added. He wondered how many operations restore peace the Nigerian police have declared in the North East, Zamfara and Niger states, where Boko Haram has foisted alien flags, adding that it was time the Federal Government stopped pursuing shadows and face reality in the North East.
“WIC seeks answers from the South East governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo leaders, who watch the herdsmen disparage their people, accuse them, judge them and even deliver death sentence on them while they do nothing.
“Rather than shed Igbo blood and that of other ethnic groups needlessly, we call on Nigeria to initiate actions that will ensure equity and fair play in the polity or initiate the process of a referendum to allow the various ethnic nationalities to exercise their rights to self-determination.”
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of WIC, Basil Onwukwe, enjoined Igbo youths to remain vigilant and seek to protect and preserve themselves against military invasion, because the Federal Government and South East governors had failed to live to expectations.