The Ohaneze Ndigbo, Malaysia was dismayed by the recent news coming from Nigeria that the Nigeria Security had killed over 50 Igbo youths, who were members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during the recent concluded Biafra remembrance day.
We therefore frown at the development, whereby the people that are entrusted to protect the sanctity of lives and properties of the citizens shall be the same people killing, maiming and destroying it.The invasion of the Church and subsequent killing of protestants in the sanctuary of God is sacrilegious and outrageous
We the members of the apex Igbo Organization in Malaysia therefore, strongly condemn in clear language the killing of unarmed civilians by the members of Nigeria armed forces and the outright use of force to suppress demonstrators viewpoint & opinion as crude and barbaric; and does not portray the image of the country as one who is under the threshold of democracy.
We therefore request that both Anambra State and Federal governments, should as matter of necessity institute a judicial panel of inquiry into this incidence and ensure that security men that took part in this extra judicial killings were all brought to book. The governments should also try as much as possible to reach out to the families of the victims of this dastardly act to console them. The governments should also take adequate care of the cost of treatment of those that are still in hospital.
We want to reinstate our earlier declaration, as was published on Vanguard Newspaper of 25th December 2015 that the government of Nigeria should release Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who have been in detention over Seven months and all other detained pro Biafra agitators so as to nip in the bud this endless demonstration that have left so many disenchanted over the Nigeria project.
The government should take a cue from the advanced democracies, particularly from both Spanish and United Kingdom governments who under similar secessionist threats, rather than been confrontational have embraced dialogue and constitutional reforms as means of addressing the development.
Finally, we commiserate with the families that lost their loved ones and those that were wounded during this gruesome massacre that took place at the market city of Onitsha. To the families that lost their love ones, its our prayer that God will console you at this hour of your distress and give you the fortitude to bear the lost. And to those who were wounded, we wish you speed recovery.
Sec. Gen., Ohaneze Ndigbo Malaysia.
Comrade Biafra Onyebuchi Diboh
President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Malaysia
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