Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) is blaming Governor Nyesom Wike and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the violence which erupted in Obigbo area of Rivers.
The group made this public in a statement by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike.
The Governor has been under series of attacks in previous weeks over alleged human rights abuses and extra judicial killings in the area by the Military enforcing a 24hrs curfew which was applied in the area in the wake of the violence that tailed the #EndSars protests.
Wike on Monday allegedly imposed the curfew because IPOB protesters murdered 6 soldiers, burnt down some Police stations and courts in Obigbo.
Wike also denied that he ordered military actions in Obigbo, describing the accusations as politically motivated plots of his detractors to distract him from governance.
But OYC, in a quick reaction, called to Wike’s notice that there was burning of police stations,courts, killing of military personnel and police officers and vandalization of government properties in other parts of the country especially in major south east cities like Aba, Nnewi, Abakiliki, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri.
“But none of the Governors of these states ordered Military actions against their people.
“Wike as Chief Security officer of Rivers State will surely account for the loss of lives and brutalities in Obigbo in the near future as international human rights groups and activists are gathering informations and evidences of genocidal violence escalating in Obigbo Rivers State,” the group said.
It added: “OYC vehemently oppose the 24hrs curfew placed on Obigbo with heavy military actions and onslaughts against the people which have continuously abused their fundamental human rights in Obigbo.
“The people have been denied access to food, adequate medicare, water because Rivers State Government unleashed state machinery against IPOB over what we perceived as relationship gone sour between Governor Nyesom Wike and IPOB Leadership led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”
He went further to say that, “We had expected Governor Nyesom Wike to respond to these allegations and claims of Nnamdi Kanu installing him as Rivers State Governor. He should be man enough to clear his name and explain why it took Rivers State Government three years to proscribe the activities of IPOB in Rivers State and hope it is not a case of relationship gone sour?”.
“Wike should emulate Asari Dokubo and explain if there was any relationship with Nnamdi Kanu in the past ,and stop shifting responsibility”.
The group also blasted Mr Kanu for making inciting utterances which led to escalation of violence in the area.
“Nnamdi Kanu’s EndSars video and audio clips are enough evidences indicting him of inciting violence in Obigbo Rivers State, with unimaginable deaths and inhumane conditions that the people of the area now suffer indirectly caused by him.
“IPOB’s placing of N100m bounty on Governor Wike is a clear deviation from peaceful approach to self determination and non violent stance of Biafra agitation. Igbo Youths holds both Wike and Kanu responsible for the violence escalating in Obigbo”, the group said
The youth group went ahead to call for immediate ceasefire talks between Governor Nyesom Wike and IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu.
“There is established evidence that if both sides should stop this show of force, Ndígbo and indeed all Nigerians leaving in Obigbo will breathe fresh air and normalcy will return immediately. We are confident that both sides will surely accept this pleading of Igbo Youth Leadership in the interest of peace”
“When two elephants fights, the grasses suffer, when two friends fights, Obigbo people suffer. Let there be suspension of military actions in Obigbo in the next 48hrs ,as we are engaging Religious leaders, former Presidents and Heads of States to join OYC to pressurize both Governor Wike and Nnamdi Kanu for peaceful resolution of the crisis,” the group concluded.