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Arrest Bulkachuwa now for hate speech against Ndigbo – IPOB
By Valentine Amanze
The Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the Nigerian government to arrest and prosecute the Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, from Bauchi State, for allegedly decribing South-East [Ndigbo] as the home of criminals, rebels, which deserved to be eliminated?
While condemning the alleged statement made in Channelstv by the lawmaker, IPOB wondered what else could be more inciting than such a reckless utterance by a supposed Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB further described the statement as a call for genocide, which should not be swept under the carpet.
IPOB stated: “Senator Bulkachuwa had the temerity to spew the following against the Igbo: They’re just rebels, arsonists and criminals in short. So, what are we going to consider to even give them a chance to come and say their wish and let Nigeria tremble and bow before them and say okay, we’ve granted you your wish.
“Those insurgents in the Southeast, they’re all claiming that they want their own country called Biafra, right? If that is the case, is it by killing people that they’ll get their country?
“They’ve tried it before; do they want us to go back to the same route? I don’t think so. But if they do, if that’s what they choose, has Nigeria got any choice?
“Shall we just allow them, bow and say, ‘we’ll grant you your own wish?’ No. Nigerian government has to stand out, fight them and give them what they want.’”
It appealed to the international community to hold Senator Bulkachuwa responsible for any eventual genocidal against the innocent people of the South East of Nigeria.
“This wicked and unguarded utterance has further exposed the hypocrisy and double standard of the Nigeria society. Were it to be an Igbo Senator or non-Fulani that made similar utterances, by now he would have been a guest to the security agencies.
“Why will a supposed Senator of the federal republic call for the death of a tribe and still be parading the streets free of charge? The only reason he is still parading freely unarrested is simply because he is speaking the mind of the Fulani cabal holding Nigeria captive,” IPOB said.
It reminded Bulkachuwa that despite the insecurity in the South East, that senseless killings and terror attacks were worse in his North East.
The group pointed out that the senator has not even called for the death of the mass murderers in the North, whom it said, had been killing both civilians and security operatives.
IPOB further qurried: “Why is he so mischievous that he forgot that his Boko Haram kinsmen were killing Nigerians like fowls and asking for an Islamic caliphate yet Buhari was elected President both in 2015 and 2019? Even today Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani herdsmen have not stopped kidnapping for ransom and killing Nigerians yet Buhari remains the President, and another Fulani, Atiku Abubakar wants to take over power?”