In a very clear strong message ever coming from the apex organisation of the Igbo people, it condemns in the strongest terms the interruption of peaceful meeting of IPOB women in Abiriba, Abia state.
Ohanaeze in its strongest condemnation ever, expressed outrage and disgust of how the Nigerian army officers treated the IPOB women during their peaceful meeting in Abia.
Here is the press release:
ATTACK OF UNARMED IPOB WOMEN AT ABIRIBA, IN ABIA STATE. OHANAEZE NDIGBO WARN THE NIGERIAN ARMY. CALL AG PRESIDENT OSIBANJO TO CALL THE ARMY TO ORDER
1 Ohanaeze Ndigbo is shocked by the recent attack, arrest and raping of innocent IPOB women members at Abiriba, Abia state by some elements of the Nigerian Army at Ohafia Barracks in Abia state.
2. The attack is uncalled for. There is no law in Nigeria that bar people from meeting anywhere as long as they are not armed or violent. There is no law anywhere that forbids people from holding any democratic view even if the view is against official government view.
3. The best the Army could have done is to report unlawful gatherings or suspicious movements if any to the Nigerian police whose duty is to maintain law and order.It is not the duty of Nigerian army to arrest or detain and rape innocent women as they did at Abiriba.
4 The Ag President, Prof Osibanjo should rein in these barbarous soldiers to avoid breakdown of law and order in the society. Their overzealousness in becoming heinous. The Nigerian Army should respect our democratic norms or disband themselves.
5 We demand a unreserved apology from the Army at Ohafia. Even if Ohanaeze Ndigbo does not share the view of the IPOB activists, they are our children and we have the duty to protect them.Besides, they have never been violent in their agitations.
6 Nigerian Army must be the people’s Army and not one protecting sectional interest,
NATIONAL DEPUTY PUBLICITY SECRETARY