Ohanaeze Youths warn Wike against “military terrorism” in Oyigbo
Says ‘we may storm Oyigbo to help the youth’
The leadership of the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) after its emergency security meeting on the ongoing military terrorism in Oyigbo, Rivers State has condemned the actions of Governor Nyesom Wike, President Muhammadu Buhari and Aso Rock cabals over the military operation against residents of the community, describing it as a collective crime by Buhari, Wike, Gen. Buratai and Aso Rock cabals.
National President of OYC, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka rising from the group’s emergency security meeting in Port harcourt on November 3, noted with regret the pains, maiming, intimidation, harassment and corporal punishment the people are passing through since the 10-day, 24hours curfew imposed by the governor as a result of the crisis and violence that erupted nationwide following the hijacked #EndSARS protest.
The Council also noted with regret that the outburst of Governor Wike raising unfounded alarm alleging that IPOB is responsible for the post #EndSARS violence in Oyigbo is uncalled for, stressing that such violence took place in all parts of Southern Nigeria, including Abuja.
The Council, therefore, queried if Wike was at Oyigbo when the post #EndSARS violent protest was going on.
The Council regretted that perhaps Gov. Wike relied on the tribalistic hate of some Fulani allegations working in Security Agents, that has mapped Igbo youths for possible execution.
Comrade Igboayaka said: “We want Gov. Wike to reveal to Nigerians and the world how they traced the violent attacks to IPOB?”
Speaking further, he asked: “Did Wike constitute any panel of inquiry to get the facts and truths behind what actually transpired in Oyigbo as a responsible government?
A statement credited to the governor stated:
“I don’t support criminality. IPOB killed 6 army officers, 4 policemen, burnt police stations and court buildings.
“This is Rivers State.
“Go to Oyigbo and see the level of destruction. Now the State Government will be rebuilding those facilities.”
In line with the above, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) demanded that Wike should publish the report of his independent panel of inquiry with evidential reports indicting IPOB as the group that led the violent attack in Oyigbo.
Failure to do so, Igboayaka said, the Council will compile the record of human right abuses, assault, harassment and killings ongoing in Oyigbo, which will be used against him in court at the expiration of his tenure as Rivers State governor.
He continues: “It is our belief that Wike acted on emotions rather than evidential reports or proof against the youths in Oyigbo.
“This shows that Wike, as a lawyer does not know the implication of working on hear-say evidence which is not admissible in any court of law.
“It’s painful that Igbos have suffered excruciating pains, injustice, intimidation and all forms of human violation since the past 50yrs in the hands of Nigerian politicians who always uses our blood to launch their next political relevance in Nigeria, which is exactly what Wike is doing today in Oyigbo.
“Wike’s approach as Chief Security Officer to restoring order and peace in Rivers state is inappropriate, unprofessional and undemocratic as this approach can culminate into escalating into civil unrest and raise uproar in the area.
“Therefore, OYC calls on the governor to immediately withdraw the military operation going on in Oyigbo in other to restore sanity in Oyigbo.”
Igboayaka added that nowhere did the Nigerian Constitution empower any governor or president to engage in extra-judicial killing of the youths, stressing that if the killings continue, within 24hrs Ohanaeze Youth Council shall mobilize Igbo youths and storm Oyigbo either to die together with Oyigbo youths or to survived with them.
The happenings in Rivers state under the supervision of Gov. Nyesom Wike is reaching the climax were Igbo youths will be forced to deploy defensive means to repel the Army brutality.
We appeal to the international community and people of conscience to quickly come to the aid of inhabitants of Oyigbo community which has been denied access to public water, food and medicine, including pregnant women, infants and aged people who are going through untold denial of every means of livelihood due to the curfew.
The Council warned any youth or group engaging in any form violent attack to flee from Rivers state immediately or meet his or her Waterloo.