The apex Igbo socio cultural group Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has warned about the dangers of any military deployment to Southeast, insisting that the consequences of such action might lead to civil unrest and loss of lives in the region.
In a statement signed by Secretary general of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said “Southeast had remained the nation’s safest place for foreign and local investments until Northern bandits began to move to the South, wreaking havoc and causing tension in the region.
“Our beliefs and suspicions were reinforced through evidences of serial attacks and violence perpetrated in our zone by ‘unknown gunmen’, this was happening few weeks after the warnings of exodus of Northern bandits heading towards South, with provocative agendas to cause crisis, anarchy and promotion of civil disturbances especially in the peaceful Southeast and South South for political reasons. ”
Ohanaeze thus call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resist the temptation for military deployment to the South east as the consequences might be a disaster or preparatory ground for unending guerrilla activities or another avoidable war. It said Ndigbo has implicit confidence on ESN and Ebubeagu to defend the region from bandits.
“Military must focus on the insurgency in the North and refuse the urge to fight at all fronts at the same time. At this time, Ndigbo don’t need military interventions except there are high level manipulations to destabilize and destroy our region for political purposes and deny Ndigbo, Presidency in 2023”, the statement said.