The Igbo Patriots condemns in its entirety, these mindless killings that has claimed over 25 lives at the last count and with some people still declared missing.

Igbos are known to be an enterprising people who add value to whatever Community or environment in which they are domiciled. It is quite befuddling that the FULANI only leave death and destruction in their trail wherever they live or traverse. This inexplicable inhuman mode of payback to communities that play host to FULANI herders is one that must be stopped forthwith.

We are appalled at the apparent helplessness of the Ebonyi state government in handling this matter with a view to ensuring that it does not reoccur. According to reports, certain incriminating materials were recovered from the phone of one of the attackers, a discovery that has led to the effortless confirmation of the actual identity of the attackers. 

We had expected the Ebonyi state government to set up a high powered Commission of Enquiry to look into the matter while collaborating with the Police to unmask the culprits. Leaving the wholesale investigation of the killings in the hands  of the Security agencies who have been accused of treating the FULANI herdsmen with kid gloves will not engender confidence in the minds of families of victims who are demanding nothing short of justice.

It is very gratifying to note that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo paid a visit to Ebonyi state over the weekend to commiserate with the government and people of the state over this unfortunate incidence. While The Igbo Patriots express gratitude to the Vice President for his show of compassion with his visit, definitely, a rare attribute of the government he represents, we call on the Vice President to use his good offices to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice. This is the irreducible minimum that will assuage the feelings of victims’ families and also ensure that there are no reprisal attacks from the affected communities.

The Igbo Patriots wish to be associated with the call on South East Governors by Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ensure the setting up of an effective regional security outfit, in the mould of Amotekun to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure  the security of lives and property in the South East geopolitical zone. 

May we also call on the South East Governors to make extra efforts to unmask those responsible for the growing insecurity in the South East states. The Igbo Patriots believe some fifth Columnists are at work to destabilize the South East geopolitical zone. A stitch in time will secure Igbo lives and properties in the zone.

Amb. Jeff Ndubueze

For: The Igbo Patriots

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