The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Wednesday condemned the senseless gruesome murder of innocent citizens across Igbo Land by the AK-47 wielding Fulani herdsmen.
It urged South-East Governors to immediately inaugurate and activate the South-East Security measures to enforce the ban on open grazing.
The apex Igbo body who was reacting to the gruesome murder of over 22 Igbo young men in Ebonyi and Enugu States communities on Sunday and Monday respectively, said that the killings were not only painful but unacceptable to Ndigbo.
Ohanaeze President General, Prof George Obiozor in a statement through the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said, “It is worrisome that while other countries are waxing on development programmes, Nigerians are busy counting the loss of human lives through AK-47 wielding Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram, kidnappings, banditry and other extrajudicial means.”
Ohanaeze stated, “Within this week alone, over twenty-three (23) Igbos have been dastardly killed in their homes for no justifiable reasons. This is not only painful but unacceptable.
“The indulgence of AK-47 for the herders is a recent development which triggers various forms of crime in the country.”
While it noted that the legitimate use of force resides in the government, the group regretted that when the government fails in its primary responsibility of protection of lives and property, various groups and individuals would be compelled to rise to the challenges.
“For groups and individuals to take up arms in self-defence is a very dangerous tipping point that every responsible government should strive to avoid.