THE Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has yet again expressed worry over failure of the Federal Government to curb increasing killings in the face of deep-rooted security challenges in the country.
In a statement at the end of the monthly meeting of the organization in Enugu, Thursday the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, observed that there is an increase in security threats in the country in the form of unprovoked killings, kidnappings and banditry in the last few months.
The organization’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meanwhile condemned the ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and the Miyetti Allah for a grant of N100 billion from the government, describing it as a grave security threat.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo expressed disappointment that militant herdsmen have continued to kill, maim and destabilize Christian areas with very little containment by the National Security Forces in parts of the Middle Belt.
Nwodo further noted that in the face of these criminalities, “what is most disturbing is that very few arrests, seizures of arms or prosecution have been made by our national security forces.
“The impression is created that their activities have the encouragement, sanction and acquiescence of our national security.”
The president general noted that as long as these contradictions persisted, the only national solution would be for the country to be restructure.
The statement expressed worry over how several local and international mining companies have without license, occupied parts of Northern Nigeria and engaged in continuous illegal mining of Nigeria’s mineral resources.
Meanwhile, in the South East and South West, kidnappers have continued to extort colossal ransoms from hapless citizens while bandits remorselessly kill captives.
Lamented Nwodo: “Why on earth are these gun trotting militants protected financially and insulated from criminal prosecution whilst an armless organization like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is categorised as dangerous to National security and proscribed, bugs our imagination.”