On Monday, during a fallen heroes remembrance march organized by the Movement For the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People’s of Biafra (IPOB), more than 30 Igbos were killed and many others injured during a protest that turned bloody. Following the attacks, the Army released a statement stating that security agents had acted in ‘self-defense’ and had followed its extant rules of engagement, albeit against unarmed protesters. Governor Ayo Fayose has condemned the killings and President Buhari’s handling of the recent unrests in the country in general.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State condemned the killings, saying it appeared that President Muhammadu Buhari was turning the people of the South East and South South to “politically endangered species.” He called on the international community to take note of the wanton killings being perpetrated by the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
He released a statement on Wednesday, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka. Governor Fayose said there was no justification whatsoever for the killing of over 30 Igbo youths just because they were marking the Biafra Day.
He dismissed as ‘animalistic’ the opinion that the protests were aimed at marring the anniversary of Buhari’s government.
“To even justify the killing by claiming that the Igbo youths protest was orchestrated in order to mar the first anniversary of Buhari’s government is to say the least, wicked and animalistic.”
He however reiterated his belief in the unity of Nigeria whilst maintaining that it was unspeakable for security men to have used live ammunitions against the protesters. Much more so justifying their actions as an act of ‘self-defense’. He observed that Nigeria has been more divided since the advent of Buhari’s government. He expressed anxiety that the government’s approach to civil unrests and similar killings in the country was causing more security problems.
Governor Ayo Fayose accused the President of initiating a progrom in the South South and South East. He estimated that from from August 30, 2015 till date, more than 150 Igbo youths have been killed by Nigerian security operatives under the directive of Buhari’s government.
“It appears that President Buhari has made up his mind to eliminate as many South East and South South people as possible and lovers of the corporate existence of Nigeria and its people should call the president to order.
“I am alarmed that Nigerians who were only on peaceful protest could be shot at and killed by security agents and after the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians, security agents could demonstrate their heartlessness by coming up with justifications for the criminal act. One is however not surprised because every evil perpetrated by the Buhari-led government against Nigerians, especially those the presidents appears to hate have been justified by those who perpetrated them.
“We were in this country when over 1,000 Shiite Muslims were killed and buried overnight in Zaria, Kaduna State and the murder was justified. We were also here when over 400 Agatus were killed in Benue State and the President said nothing. “The Monday killing of over 30 Igbo youths is therefore condemnable. Its justification is barbaric, heartless, crude and must be condemned by all lovers of unity of Nigeria and its people.
“I therefore wish to express my sympathy to the people of the South Eastern part of Nigeria and I urge them to remain resolute in their agitation for a Nigeria in which all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their tribe and religion.”