Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has called on the international community to be on notice to avoid full-scale state-sponsored killings in the South East of Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The group said a replica of what is going on in Myanmar’s Rohingya community needs to be avoided.
The group stated this as Buhari has continued to receive knocks over his Independence Day national broadcast, which HURIWA said was a moment the President expressed his deep-seated grudges and unmitigated hatred for the Igbos.
According to HURIWA, Buhari’s speech “depicts a man who has deep-seated hatred and unsettled but unsettling grudges against a whole Igbo race comprising over 50 million Nigerians.”
HURIWA is a pro-democracy and non-governmental organization. It stated this in a statement it made available to newsmen and signed by its national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the national media affairs director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
The group said that Buhari in the speech specifically lampooned the people of the South-east and their leaders. It added that the speech has the capacity to ignite longstanding hatred for the Igbo by his largely Northern followers who had earlier issued an unconstitutional quit notice on Igbos in the North to leave the 19 Northern states.
The statement read in part, “It was expected that in an occasion such as this 57th Independence anniversary whereby Mr President would solicit for greater patriotism and love of fatherland that that the holder of this high office would have addressed the lopsidedness in the appointments of top level military and defence chiefs to reflect the divergent multi-ethnic and multi-religious configurations of the nation state of Nigeria.
“A situation whereby the greater percentage of top national security chiefs including all the top notch para-military/security and internal Security institutions are currently headed by Hausa/Fulani Moslems from the core North is a clear breach of the Constitutional principles of Federal character principle.”
“The continuous failure of Mr. President to pick someone he trusts from the South East of Nigeria to head one of the strategic national security and defense offices depicts a man who has deep-seated hatred and unsettled but unsettling grudges against a whole Igbo race comprising over 50 million Nigerians.”
HURIWA lamented what it said is Buhari’s unperturbed posture over the alleged human rights violations and extralegal executions of civilians and unarmed members of the self-determination group-Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) by armed security forces during the ongoing Python Dance part 11 in the South East especially in Umuahia and Aba in Abia State.
It said, “The failure of the President to disclose his administration’s readiness to investigate these grave human Rights violations by soldiers in the South East of Nigeria under operation python dance 11 is a clear manifestation of the highest level of insensitivity and pure hatred of the people of South East of Nigeria. This should necessitate the closest monitoring of this government by the International community to prevent the occurrence of widespread genocide against Igbos who are persistently and graphically depicted by President Muhammadu Buhari as ‘hot-headed and their leadership as ‘irresponsible’.
“This hate speech against the Igbo speaking nationality as uttered in the presidential speech … must be condemned in its absoluteness and the international community must be put on notice so a full-scale state-sponsored killing like what is going on Myanmar’s Rohingya community isn’t replicated in the South East of Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”