The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) has pleaded with the United Nations, European Union, African Union and government of United States to intervene and stop the impending ethnic cleansing of the Igbo in Nigeria.
The association made the appeal in a statement signed by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe and National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Gideon Adikwuru.
It stated that the threat issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to deal with dissidents in the South East in the language they would understand was capable of precipitating another round of genocide against Ndigbo.
It recalled that similar genocide was launched between 1967 and 1970 against Ndigbo during which about three million of them were slaughtered by the Nigerian government.
It demanded that the president withdraws the threat and dismantles all arrangements to actualize the threat.
ASETU also called on President Buhari to apologize to Ndigbo who are traumatized by his “unpatriotic, divisive and unpresidential” statement.
The association said; “We therefore demand that President Buhari withdraws the threat of genocide he has issued against Ndigbo and put off every arrangement for its execution and apologize to Ndigbo who are currently traumatized by his unpatriotic, divisive and unpresidential statement.
“We further call on the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the Government of the United States of America to intervene and stop the impending ethnic cleansing which the threat by president could precipitate”.
It noted that Nigeria is currently embroiled in a serious security challenge which is shaking her foundation, pointing out that the president’s preoccupation should not be to issue threats of another genocide against unarmed Igbo.
It advised Buhari to drop his penchant for violence especially against Ndigbo and seek out ways to address the fundamental questions besetting Nigeria.
According to the association, the many agitations that have encircled Nigeria should rather present the country with an opportunity to discuss and find a common ground.
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