The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have condemned the murder of northerners residing in the South East by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
While the NEF demanded that the government take decisive steps to stop the deaths, the ACF advised the government to focus on security.
Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Director of Publicity and Advocacy for the Nigerian Economic Forum, requested that Northerners and even South Easterners be shielded from IPOB’s operations.
He demanded that the government take decisive action to cease the deaths and targeting of northerners.
“The recent events in the southeast, in particular, are heartbreaking and quite dangerous. As there appear to be attempts to agitate some local communities as well as a portion of Nigeria, there is a great deal of resentment in the land. Our opinion is that those with the authority to halt this must do so immediately.”
“We are urging everyone to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands, but we are demanding that both the northerners and the easterners be safeguarded from the activities of these murderers.
“There is no excuse for failure to stop what IPOB is doing, and we hope that within the next two days, we will see decisive action on the part of governments, governors, and northern leaders and elites to speak out and stop what is happening there; the targeting of northerners in the southeast must end. The IPOB’s murders of even south-easterners must cease; we cannot have a country like this.”
Murtala Aliyu, the Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), stated, “It is imperative that the government prioritises security, secures the country, protects the southeast from IPOB, and protects the north from bandits and all other threats. Currently, the government should prioritise security above all else.
“ACF is worried like every Nigerian over the killings in Anambra state. Our first concern is the general situation in the southeast, where our people, the northerners, are also victims, as are the other Nigerians who reside there, including the Igbos themselves.
“It is essential to view the matter holistically, beyond regional or sectarian concerns, and to consider the country’s security.” It is quite terrible that Nigerians are not safe wherever they go today.
“From our perspective, the government must take this issue seriously; a great deal of effort is spent on electioneering; yes, elections are necessary; bringing in a new government is necessary; however, we believe that before this government leaves, they must address the insecurity; otherwise, elections will be impossible in some areas.”