The lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ( IPOB ), Nnamdi Kanu, has written to the United Nations regarding the ongoing tension in Nigeria’s South-east.
The letter was dated September 14 and signed by Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the IPOB leader is asking the UN to intervene to ensure the removal of soldiers in the South-east region, saying the security operatives are only there to ”intimidate, torture innocent civilians.”
According to the letter addressed to the office of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and copied to the office of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ejiofor is asking the international community to intervene to prevent the continued stay of soldiers on the streets of the region.
“We have no doubt that the undisclosed reason for the deployment of troops to South-eastern states by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is to attack unarmed and defenceless members of indigenous people of Biafra who are merely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to self-determination.
“It is our belief that this unprovoked assault and mindless killing of unarmed members of our client’s group is to provoke them into resorting to armed struggle. It is pertinent to bring to the attention of your office sir, that situations stated under section 217 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended 2011, that will warrant the deployment of soldiers to any region of the country, in the manner presently done by the president Buhari led government is not obtainable in the south eastern states,” the letter said.
Mr. Ejiofor is also alleging that “without the intervention of the international community to possibly stop the ongoing carnage, bloodletting and gross abuse of humans, rights the problem in the area would not stop.”
The Nigerian Army has said it would not withdraw its forces currently undertaking an operation in the region.
Source: ( Premium Times )