Ohanaeze Ndigbo has accused Northern groups of using insecurity in the Southeast to blackmail presidential candidates from the region ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The apex Igbo socio-political organization, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Elders Forum, NEF, and Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, to speak out against the killings of Christians in the North.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, stated this in reaction to the report on Northerners being killed in the Southeast.
In a statement which reads partly, Isiguzoro said: “We are stunned over the blackmail from ACF and NEF against the Southeast Politicians over the killing of Northerners in the Southeast.
“We are fully aware of the fact that there are attempts by Northern Groups and APC to use the insecurity challenges in the Southeast to blackmail the southeast Presidential candidate in 2023.
“We want to ask President Buhari, ACF, and NEF, what efforts they deployed to thwart and halt the spread of Northern banditry and vicious activities of killer herdsmen from the North to the south.
“Why did Federal Government and Northern Cultural Organizations ignore the US and UK alarms about the imminent spread of Northern Insurgency to the south by the middle of the Year 2021, especially towards the East? We have taken the lead in condemning the killing of Northerners in the East and charged President Buhari, ACF, NEF and Northern Groups to follow suit.”