Former minister of education,Oby Ezekwesili has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid making the mistake of ostracizing the entire Igbo ethnic group over the agitations of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Reacting to the military’s Operation Python Dance in the south-east region and the present state of unease in Abia, Ezekwesili said President Buhari as a leader “must build a bond” with all his people.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Ezekwesili said all the people in the north can’t be categorised as Boko Haram insurgents, and as such, the people of the south-east do not deserve to be treated as “incendiary agitators”.
In the same vein, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has described as illegal, the alleged deployment of soldiers in the family house of the leader of the IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu, in Umuahia, Abia State. Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has described the action as brute force and a crush-them mentality.
Falana, in a statement on Wednesday, said as there is no legal basis for the involvement of soldiers in the place, President Muhammadu Buhari should direct the armed troops to withdraw and return to their barracks forthwith. He said the Commissioner of Police in Abia State should be allowed to take over Kanu’s case in line with the provisions of the constitution and the Police Act.