By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
The coalition of South East-based civil society organisations have faulted claims by the Coalition of Northern Youths in its letter to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo against the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu describing the letter as “dishonest and factually defective.”
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, the coalition comprising Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety said that contrary to the claim by the youths that Senator Ekweremadu visited the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, it was Kanu who visited Ekweremadu and the South East Senate caucus to thank them for their role in his release.
The statement signed by intersociety’s board chairman, Emeka Umeagbalasi and its head of campaign and publicity, Barr. Florence Akubilo also rejected the part of the letter, which referred to the 15th January 1966 coup as Igbo coup, but commended the Northern Youths for recognising the rights of all constituent parts of Nigeria to self-determination in line with African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights of 1981 and United Nations Covenants on Civil& Political Rights and Economic, Social & Cultural Rights of 1976.
“So, the continued reference to that unfortunate event as an Igbo coup is a continuation of the pogrom-inducing propaganda of some northern elements. It is borne out of deep-seated hatred and vendetta and evocation of genocidal sentiments against the Igbo race.”