HURIWA, the Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, claims there is convincing evidence of well-funded conspiracies to orchestrate genocidal massacres of Igbos in several sections of the nation.
HURIWA claimed that the action was financed by an anonymous presidential contender from the South West in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko.
The attempt, according to the organization, was made to prevent one of the Igbo candidates from being the presidential candidate of either of the two major parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 elections.
HURIWA has therefore called on Igbo leaders across the country and beyond, including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the World Council of Igbos, governors of Igbo-speaking states, appointees and political stakeholders, as well as religious, traditional, and civil rights advocacy groups, to take immediate, comprehensive, and proactive measures to stem the tides.
Anti-Igbo activities are already “sponsored by one of the top presidential hopefuls who is regarded prominent in the South West of Nigeria,” according to the rights organization.
HURIWA accused ethnic irredentists posing as politicians and religious leaders of attempting to incite enough hate against Igbos to lead to ethnic genocide.
The group said that those it described as apostles of genocide, who, according to it, hate Igbos passionately, are already deploying their pulpits and traditional stools and their media outlets to promote anti-Igbo sentiments.
HURIWA called on Igbo leaders to report this matter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to table the media published diatribes and hate speeches against the Igbos which are deliberately put out there in the media.
According to HURIWA, since the 2019 polls that Senator Oluremi Tinubu openly canvassed hate speeches directed at the Igbos residents in Lagos over her perceived fear that the large majority of Igbos may vote for PDP, the Igbo sentiment has taken a more sinister and deadly dimension.
The rights group recalled how the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, recently declared that he can not trust any Southeasterner to be the President of Nigeria
HURIWA further recalled that Chief Raymond Dokpesi had also said the separatist activities in the South-East would jeopardise the chances of the South-East region to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.
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