- An alleged anti-Igbo song is said to be causing anxiety among the people of the south-east
- Ohanaeze Ndigbo warns leaders in the north against continued silence in the face of the new threat
- The Igbo socio-cultural group accuses northern leaders of giving the impression that they support Arewa youths
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not happy with leaders from the northern part of Nigeria over their silence concerning the alleged hate song against people from the south-east.
The song, which origin is yet to be ascertained, is said to describe the Igbo people as ungrateful with the singer reportedly giving other reasons why he hates the people from the region.
The president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, expressed shock that the leaders from the north had remained silent days after the song was reportedly released.
“The current Hausa hate song trending in the social media is despicable, sad and disappointing.
“Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the north (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach.
“The Arewa youths have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature.
“The toleration of their criminal conduct has portrayed the federal government as biased and unfair,” Nwodo said in a statement reported by The Sun.
The apex Igbo organisation noted that the quit notice to the Igbos, who up till now are still Nigerians, to leave their country strikes at the fundamental rights of citizenship.
“It is a call for the dissolution of the country.
“Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the north is conversion. It amounts to a day light robbery of lawful property.
“The declaration of mop up action after October 1, 2017 to deal with those who resist their quit notice order is a declaration of war.
“It is surprising that on top of all these a hate song calling for more hatred, despise and ‘abortion’ has been allowed to fester. Yet no one is arrested.
“All the orders of arrest from Kaduna state and the IGP seem to be ambivalent and unreal.
“The youths meet freely with governors of northern Nigeria and northern leaders showing that they enjoy their support.
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“This development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which if not nipped in the bud will snowball into incalculable damage to our continued existence as one country.
“Ohanaeze gives notice to the federal government to deal with this situation decisively or forever be held responsible for the consequences this abdication of responsibility provokes. A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE,” the report said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Igbo group, MASSOB, called on people of Igbo descent residing in northern Nigeria to immediately commence relocation back to the southeast region.
MASSOB made the call in reaction to a purported hate song reportedly circulating in parts of the north which incites violence against people of Igbo origin.
Leader of the group, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu on Thursday, August 10, said the song was a reflection of the frustration, envy and jealousy being haboured by northerners.
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