The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) Anambra State Branch has said the Nigerian Military particularly, Commander 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha, Col. Isa Abdullahi is on an ethnic hate killing agenda against Ndigbo going by the litany of killings of unarmed pro Biafra groups by the army.
The CLO in press statement signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Aloysius Attah said that no fewer than 100 igbo people have been move down by soldiers in most gruesome manners while more than 300 are living with scars and wounds from gunshots since the agitation for the release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu started.
“It is no more ordinary speculations but we can say it that the Nigerian military headed by the Hausa/Fulani and using the Commander , 302 Artillery Regiment , Col. Isah Abdullahi are on a mission for the extermination and annihilation of promising Igbo Youths.
“There is no other way to describe the brute savagery and unprovoked killings of our people but armed soldiers during any of the non violent protests and rallies so far embarked on by the pro Biafran groups.
“Most worrisome is the fact that the soldiers acting on the directives of their blood sucking superiors carelessly open fire on unarmed protesters, kill them at random and display their mutilated bodies as play things which they step their booths on as if they are carrying waste products for disposal.
“The Commander 302 Artillery , Col. Abdullahi after executing his evil mission often pass the buck to the police shutting himself out of public scrutiny or clarification while hiding under the shield of his superiors too in Abuja”
The CLO called for the prosecution of Col. Abdullahi at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity while demanding for the immediate release of the murdered Igbos still in the army custody.
The group also slammed Governor Obiano for his timid handling of the issues arising from the Biafran Day celebrations noting that the governor has also acquired the penchant of playing to the gallery when serious issues that has to do with the lives of his subjects arises simply on the reason that he wants to be in the good book of the man in Aso Rock.
Meanwhile, the leadership of Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) have expressed worries that the Nigerian Security Forces and their political conspirators are dangerously pushing innocent and law abiding members of key Ethnic Nationalities in Nigeria to the wall; forcing them to learn the hard way of preserving their ethnic identities and human existence.
These they warned if exploded, can be dicey for the country, its peoples, West African sub-region, African Union and the United Nations System. The Nigerian killer-State entities under reference are also taking the country and its people to the path of social catastrophe with uprising (intifada) and retaliatory justice as looming end product.
The group in a statement signed by Emeka Umeagbalsai and Jerry Chukwuokolo said the Muhammadu Buhari, Turkur Buratai, Solomon Arase and Willie Obiano of Nigeria’s present disastrous democracy and their killer-subordinates are steadily pushing Nigeria back to the Hobbesian era where life was brutish, short, nasty and disease prone; and where retaliatory and jungle justice and cannibalism were the order of the day.
The Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 that ended the 30 years of the Roman Empire Civil War (1618-1648) and created modern State institutions had as its cardinal focus the irrevocable commitment of the State to protect the citizens at all times from beastly and other malicious conducts of criminal-citizens.
As a result, the Yorean doctrine of jungle and retaliatory justice and crude individualism was revoked and that of State protection and collective responsibilities invoked.
“These are the genesis of the modern social contract upon which the State irrevocably swore before its people to protect them at all times and visit those who threaten their existence and basics of their existence with humanely punishable laws or sanctions.
The State further swore irrevocably not to maliciously, vindictively, tribally, whimsically and capriciously deploy public resources and instruments of coercion entrusted in its custody for collective security and welfare; against the citizens or any citizen of the State.
“These are also the plain language of the Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of the State Policy contained in the Chapter 11 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution. In Section 13 of the Constitution under the same Chapter 11, the Constitution firmly directs those holding public offices in the present Nigeria including Gen Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Willie Obiano, Lt Gen Turkur Buratai and retiring IGP Solomon Arase that “it shall be their duty and responsibility alongside others heading other organs of government in the executive, judiciary and legislature, and all authorities and persons, to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of this Chapter of the Constitution”.
The Constitution further directs in Section 14 (2) (b) that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the Government”.
“This advocacy intervention of ours followed barbarous, unwarranted, inexcusable, unprovoked, indefensible and ethnic hate massacre of over 30 innocent, unarmed and nonviolent members of the public including activists campaigning for preservation of Igbo Ethnic identity and welfare in Nigeria.
Another major reason for our advocacy intervention is necessitated by a basket-load of lies and crude excuses cooked up by the perpetrators to cover up or escape from their criminal liabilities. At least, 30 innocent and unarmed members of the public were massacred on 30th of May 2016 with over 100 others critically injured with live bullets fired by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, officers of the Nigeria Police, etc, dominated by jihadists and ethnic haters.
Scores of other innocent and unarmed citizens including Engineer Henry Enekwe have gone missing since then. Between 30th of August 2015 and 30th of May 2016, a period of nine months, over 120 innocent and unarmed Nigerians, associated with Igbo indigenous rights campaigns have been killed by Nigerian security forces and over 270 others have received various degrees of bullet injuries mostly in terminal parts of their bodies.