Former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Dozie Ikedife; Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma; President Emeritus, Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike, and former National Chairman of Justice Party (JP), Chief Ralph Obioha, were united in expressing disappointment at government’s complacency, which according to them is encouraging the killings.
The South East leaders condemned the Federal Government’s handling of killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, adding that the government has taken sides with the marauding killers.
According to them, “The way that the Federal Government is handling this matter falls short of expectation. It looks like the beginning of something that has been planned for a long time’’. Government’s seeming silence is suspicious, the way something like this has happened and nobody are taking responsibility leaves one wondering whether we have a government’’. Chief Dozie Ikedife; Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Communion stated, ‘’These herdsmen use guns to sack villages and destroy farmlands. They sack towns and are killing people on a daily basis, yet the government has not called them terrorists. But they were in a hurry to call the IPOB a terrorist group even when they have no weapons and have not killed anybody before. On top of that, we have a bill on grazing reserves and cattle colony. Where on earth do we have that kind of thing in the 21st century? Cattle rearing should not be in the wilderness’’. ‘Sic’
The kinsmen also say “What is happening is fanning the embers of disunity and threatening the well-being of the country and the government is keeping quiet and seems unconcerned. It does not show that government is being responsible and sensitive enough; it falls short of expectations. The president says it takes time for him to make up his mind on something, but he cannot be silent when the house is on fire. You cannot be playing hide and seek when there are things destabilizing the country.”
They maintained that government attitude to the People of Biafra (IPOB), is discouraging, adding that the level of displacement and hunger is caused by the development, will negatively affect the people’s participation in the 2019 general election.