Lagos - The Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI) has questioned the alleged silence of Igbo leaders in the wake of the killings Fulani herdsmen perpetrated in Igboland communities in Igboland.
IEI, comprising of individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, criticised the silence of Governors Willie Obiano (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), David Umahi (Ebony)i, Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
“While the silence of the Buhari administration over the nefarious antecedents of his Fulani kinsmen convinces us of his tactical approval of their rampages, what we find criminally embarrassing is the silence of our Igbo leaders,” said IEI President, Tochukwu Ezeoke.
“Our governors: why the silence? Why are you neglecting the solemn oath you respectively took to serve your people?”
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Ezeoke said IEI frowned on these Igbo leaders for abandoning the people they are meant to serve at this decisive moment.
“Of what use is it to Igbo people that they have leaders when the mantle of governance is crassly abdicated.”
If this prevailed, IEI would commence immediate consultation on how best to recall the leaders so a new crop of leaders could emerge.
“The least we can do for our people is to speak up when injustice is done to them. Speak up now or forever remain silent.”
Over 400 people have reportedly killed in recent weeks in a setback blamed on the Fulani herdsman.
This follows clashes over land.
- CAJ News