THE CONTINUED KILLING OF IGBOS IN NIGERIA AND THE QUEST FOR SELF DETERMINATION – BY GLOBAL IGBO ALLIANCE
Global Igbo Alliance (GIA) is a coalition of various Igbo associations across the globe. It is a not-for profit organisation and includes professionals, advocates and Igbo leaders from different parts of the world. The objective of GIA is to protect and advance the legitimate rights of Igbos anywhere in the world. These include the right to life, co-existence and right to peaceful and lawful assembly. As a global advocacy and human rights group, GIA has a moral duty to intervene in the plight of Igbos and human rights violations against the Igbo people in Nigeria and diaspora.
The history of wanton massacres of Igbos in Nigeria dates back to 1945 and has continued till date. It is on record that three hundred thousand Eastern Nigerians predominantly Igbos were massacred in Northern Nigeria in July, and September 1966, and March 1967 in what has now been recorded as Africa’s first massive pogrom of the 20th century. The Igbo people whose population is estimated at 50 million have continued to endure random and frequent massacres in towns, hamlets and cities across Northern Nigeria by irate northern mobs, Boko-Haram terror group, Fulani herdsmen, and members of Nigeria’s security apparatus, without provocation. Instances of such massacres are numerous and recorded. A Danish cartoonist's representation of Prophet Mohammed in faraway Denmark resulted in the massacre of dozens of Igbos in Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria on 18th February, 2006. In April 2016, Fulani herdsmen invaded Nimbo community and killed over 48 Igbo people in cold blood. In November 2016, France 24 Cable news broadcast showed live pictures of Nigeria’s army and Police shooting unarmed Igbo boys and girls who were participating in a peaceful rally in the city of Aba. The trauma and despair arising from the endless threats and actual acts of genocide against Igbos is made worse by the fact that the perpetrators are never arrested or charged. GIA reserves the right to take appropriate actions in protecting and advancing the inalienable rights of Igbo people.
The recent crisis in the South East.
Global Igbo Alliance condemns in the strongest terms the deployment of soldiers to the South East by President Mohammadu Buhari without the requisite legislative approval as mandated by the extant Constitution of Nigeria. The military invasion followed well-publicized “QUIT ORDER” otherwise known as a warrant for genocide issued against all Igbos residing in Northern Nigeria by the AREWA YOUTH FORUM (AYF). There has been no judicial action by the Nigerian government to sanction AYF for threats of genocide and conversion, nor did the government bring to book, originators of the genocidal song that emerged on social media against the Igbos. GIA strongly condemns the military invasion of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s home and the kidnappings, murders and the indignifying and inhuman treatment to which IPOB members and the larger citizens of Abia State were subjected by Nigeria’s military. GIA demands that the federal government and the Nigeria’s military produce Mr. Kanu alive or avail the people of Abia State and the entire Igbo land of his corpse and those of his other family members who have been missing since the unprovoked invasion.
The murders and other acts of indignity meted out to Kanu and his unarmed and harmless men and family members in their home, do no admit of any justification under any domestic or international humanitarian law and we consider these as crimes against humanity. We condemn the branding of IPOB a terrorist organization. The international community, including the United Nations and the European Union have all rejected the idea of IPOB being labelled a terrorist organization. GIA stands firmly with these groups in their rejection.
We condemn further the cold murders of about 48 Igbos by the Fulani Herdsmen on 25th of April, 2016 in Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government, Enugu State. We regret that none of the perpetrators of this heinous and terrorist crime has been apprehended and/or prosecuted by the relevant authorities.
We wish to remind Nigeria’s government that there is no statute of limitation against crimes including international crime of genocide.
Global Igbo Alliance wishes to reaffirm the following positions:
1. We respect the rights to self-determination and/or regional autonomy and affirm unequivocally that the current structure of Nigeria must be negotiated.
2. We will take appropriate actions at both local and international level to seek justice for the Igbo people with respect to documented human rights violations.
Global Igbo Alliance demands the following:
1. Immediate release of Mr Nnamdi Kanu and his family members.
2. Nigerian police to produce Mr Bright Chimezie for his next court hearing in line with court orders in this regard.
3. Independent judicial commission of inquiry into the allegations of torture, kidnappings, murders, genocide and other acts of indignities by the Nigeria’s military against Igbo youths during the invasion of Abia state.
4. Federal Government to liaise with families of the victims of Nimbo Uzo-Uwani massacre for fair and appropriate compensations.
Signed: GLOBAL IGBO ALLIANCE (email@example.com)
Approved by Members:
Igbo Congress of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific