A group known as Mothers of Ndigbo has condemned the victimization of Igbo by state actors in Nigeria.
Mothers of Ndigbo with membership cuts across all Igbo Speaking communities in Nigeria, including Delta and Rivers states comprises women from age 60 and above.
The group noted that the Southeast Region has been gravely victimized by the atrocious state actors, especially the Nigerian Army and its appointing and supervising authorities, leading to massacre of no fewer than 700 unarmed and defenseless citizens of the region between August 2015 and November 2020 and maiming of not less than 800 others.
According to him, Hundreds were also abducted and dozens disappeared till date. The Army abductees included 550 citizens of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra and Enugu who resided in Obigbo and environs in Rivers State, who were abducted in between October and November 2020 and held secretly without trial in Northern Nigeria for over four months.
Speaking further they observed: ”While 283 of them were located and freed by courts, over 270 are still held secretly till date. Many of the 60 women among the female abductees, between the ages 20 and 39 were sexually assaulted and abused during over four months of their captivity in Army and DSS facilities.”
They called on Nigerian Government to immediately begin reversal of the top security appointment imbalances and return to Constitutional Sections 10, 14 (3), 42 and 217 (3) in balancing the appointments and postings.
They also called on South East Governors to begin consultations with critical indigenous stakeholders to draft an anti-open grazing and odd hours grazing prohibition bills and get them passed into law by the Houses of Assembly of the South East Region.
They demanded for release of all Igbos in secret detention since 2020 and hundreds of citizens of Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu States who are residents of Obigbo in Rivers State, including Citizen Elvis Chigbu and 109 others detained without charges since six months ago and presently held at the Nigerian Army Commando Base in faraway Bida, Niger State.
We call on the federal government and south east governments, stop the ongoing raping of women in south east by killer herdsmen. While this is going on, security agencies are killing our sons, brothers and husbands.
The statement read in part: ”We call on the federal government to meet our demands within 60 days while south governors are given 90 days to meet their own part of the demands, including the passage and signing into law the anti-open grazing bill.
”If our demands were not met, Igbo women has their own way of tackling such crisis Nigeria but we hope and pray that the federal and the concerned state governments do not push the South East women further to the wall.
”We hereby appreciate British government for the recent asylum offer to the Igbo speaking people of Nigeria but Igbo women have unanimously rejected asylum by the United Kingdom in its entirety. The asylum offer was meant remove the remaining Igbo men and open up our land for herdsmen to further occupy.”