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S/East women decry bloodletting by state & non-state actors

South-east women under the auspices of Credible Igbo Women Initiative (CIWI) have condemned carnage and bloodletting perpetrated by state and non-state actors in the region.

CIWI made the condemnation during a press conference held in Lagos on Thursday.

The South-east women called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the massive bloodletting by state and other non-state actors in the region .

Speaking at the conference with the theme “Enough of this Killing“, the spokesperson of the group, Onyeka Onwenu, said:

“Something dreadful is happening in our states, and we demands the immediate intervention of the president,” noting that the government should ensure that there is peace and stability in the region as enshrined in the constitution.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Speaking further, she said: “Please Mr. President stop the killings in our states, as we can no longer endure burying our children.

“We want peace and progress in the region.

“The federal government is obliged to protect all the people of Nigeria, including the lgbo, who are currently under heavy armed attack by air and land daily.”

“We are deeply saddened by the wanton destruction of public facilities and the targeted killings of security operatives and public servants by unknown gunmen, and therefore extend our condolences to their families and loved ones.

“We vehemently condemn the activities in Igboland by both known and unknown gunmen, arsonists, and brigands whose actions are clearly calculated to create an atmosphere of civil unrest in the region.

“For the avoidance of doubt, these are not our children, and they are not acting under the authority of Ndigbo.”

The women also demanded financial and social incentives to those who have lost their means of livelihood from the government, saying:

“The government should also console and compensate the men and women whose children met their untimely death in the hands of the gunmen, both known and unknown, including widows and widowers whose spouses met their untimely end in like manner.”

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