By Henry Okonkwo
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has called out a former Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamakko, over a comment he made accusing Igbo leaders of being silent in the face of attacks by gunmen in the region.
Ohaneze stated that Wamakko’s comments were capable of inciting ethnic cleansing and turmoil in the country.
The group said it was laughable that the likes of Wamakko could not find solutions to the frightening insecurity challenges in the North for the last seven years.
The apex Igbo group in a statement by the Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, accused the North of being responsible for all the disaster in the South-East based on the earlier warning of the United States Embassy in Nigeria.
Ohanaeze recalled that the US Embassy had warned that the bandits and killer herdsmen were changing positions to Southern Nigeria to wreak havoc.
The statement read, “Northern elders are behind the chaos in Nigeria as a ploy to retain the Presidency in the North beyond 2023 as they did to Jonathan in 2015.
“So they exported violence to the South-East to keep Igbo leaders busy with insecurity challenges and set traps for them to fall in and get arrested.
“We are amazed at how someone who couldn’t remove a spark of dust in his eyelashes could see the remedy for the log of wood in the eyes of Ndigbo.
“Wamakko’s assertion that Igbo leaders are behind the scenes motivating the violence in the South-East, exposed the Northern secrets of supporting bandits and Boko Haram for economic and political reasons.
“The silence of Igbo leaders is golden and will generate confusion in the camps of sponsors of terror in the South-East.”