Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, on Monday, dismissed as ” a lie from the pit of hell”, a media publication that “over 100 Northerners were killed in the South East last week”.
Ohanaeze in a press statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, sent to Newsbreak.ng, called for the investigation of the “alarmists”, to compel them to show proof of the ‘wild allegation’.
The Igbo association said that making such unsubstantiated allegation is capable of setting the country on fire.
“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to the front page report by the Trust Newspaper of Friday, December 16, 2022, to the effect that the “Coordinator of the Northern Consensus Forum, Dr Auwal Abdullahi Aliyu” and others have “directed commodity traders and truck drivers to shun the South East of Nigeria over incessant killings of their members by members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)”, adding that “they have declared 3 days warning strike due to the constant killing of the northerners in the South East”.
“The most disturbing part of the report is that “not less than 100 northerners were murdered in the South East within last week”.
“In the first place, it is a lie from the pit of hell that “not less than 100 northerners were murdered in the South East within last week”,’ Ohanaeze said.
“Second: the said Dr. Aliyu has not been in the picture among the Northern leaders resident in the South East and as such is not in position to speak on the relationship between the Northerners and the people of the South East.
“One begins to imagine the very intendment of the purveyor of such a false, mendacious and devilish alarm that “not less than 100 northerners have been killed in the South East within last week”.
“An introspection will reveal the damage caused to the image of Nigeria among the committee of nations that 100 persons are killed in one week.
“Apart from the negative image of Nigeria, such an unverified front page report is a breach of the duties and civic responsibilities expected of a national daily such as the Daily Trust.”
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