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IGBO HATE SONG | Ohaneze berates Northern Elders over silence, praises Atiku 

The leadership of the pan-Igbo group, Oha­naeze Ndigbo, has faulted the silence of most northern leaders over the hate song being spread against the Igbo in the North.

Except former Vice-Presi­dent Atiku Abubakar, who has openly condemned the anti-Igbo song being rendered in Hausa language, other north­ern leaders have kept mute on the issue.

In reaction to the ugly de­velopment on Thursday, Oha­naeze expressed worry over the silence of northern leaders on the hate song against Igbo, in­sisting their silence is unfortu­nate and omnious.

The apex Igbo body’s Presi­dent-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement said: “The current Hausa-language 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.

“Their (Arewa youths) quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave any part of Nigeria 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 Inspector-General of Police (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,” he stressed.

Nwodo pointed out that the development signals the begin­ning of a national catastrophe which if not nipped in the bud, will snowball into incalculable damage to the 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 provoke. A stitch in time saves nine”, he em­phasized.


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