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Jonathan seeks Ndigbo’s support over insecurity

February 6, 2012  by Emmanuel Obe and Temitayo Famutimi
President Goodluck Jonathan 

President Goodluck Jonathan has solicited the support of the Igbo race in the fight against the menace of the Boko Haram sect in some parts of the country.

Responding to a call for urgent attention by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the President expressed concern over the killings of the Igbo residing in different parts of the northern states, especially Kano, describing it as act against God and humanity.

The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Raph Uwechue, had written to the President expressing the concern of the Igbo about the unfortunate sectarian crisis in the north. A copy of the President’s reply was made available to our correspondent on Sunday in Awka.

Jonathan in his response, said, “I wish to say that both government and all well meaning Nigerians found this situation unacceptable and are united in the condemnation of wanton destruction that Boko Haram has perpetrated, especially in the northern part of the country.

“In this just and worthy cause, we call for unflinching support of all those, especially Ohaneze Ndigbo, who believe in the unity of this country. I am pleased that Ohaneze Ndigbo has urged Igbo to remain where they are and go about their lawful business.”

Part of Uwechue’s letter dated January 7, 2012 read, “Ohaneze Ndigbo has observed with rapid concern the alarming deterioration of security in the northern part of Nigeria involving the wanton serial destruction of innocent lives, especially the Ndigbo living in that part of the country.

“It is now clear that unpatriotic political and religious elements are bent on making our country ungovernable. Ohaneze Ndigbo is convinced that enough is enough while reiterating urgent demand on the Federal Government to arrest this dangerous development capable of destroying this nation.”

Meanwhile, an Islamic organisation, the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, has dissociated itself from the Boko Haram sect, describing its activities as “unIslamic.”

It expressed shock at the spate of bomb blasts in several parts of the country during which hundreds of innocent Nigerians were killed.

The group said the violent activities of the sect were against the teachings of Islam and noted that it was not representing the interests of muslims in the south-west and the country at large.

This was contained in a communiqué by the group’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Daud Noibi and Prof. Ishaq Oloyede at the end of its retreat in Ibadan


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