A political pressure group popularly known as Igbo National Congress (INC), in reaction to the various roles played by Nigerian politicians during the civil war, has called on the Federal government to quickly swing into action by prosecuting the former Heads of States, General Yabuku Gowon, and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Also to be included in the persecution is General T.Y. Danjuma. According to the group, the Generals must have different explanations to give regarding the organized genocide against Ndigbo during the civil war that dealt a devastating blow on the Igbos.
In a press-statement issued by the group and signed by its President-General, Comrade Chilos Godsent, in Owerri, after their executive meeting, they had blamed the aforementioned for what it termed extreme genocide against Ndigbo.
The statement reads,
“INC calls for the prosecution of all those indicted for genocide against Ndigbo, which includes General Yakubu Gowon, General Olusegun Obasanjo, General T. Y. Danjuma, Chief Obafemi Awolowo (post-humous) and many others at the International Criminal Court.
“They violated humanitarian laws during the war they declared against Ndigbo for trying to express their rights to self-determination and should therefore be brought to book for their crimes against humanity,” the group stated. Comrade Godsent said the massive investments being made by Ndigbo all over the country, especially in the South-west and the North have constantly been under attack to weaken and intimidate Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo have lost millions of naira through unwarranted attacks by their hosts, including bombing, riots as well as cold blooded murder as being witnessed in northern Nigeria today. “Many local governments in most of these states, especially in Lagos and the North have initiated anti-Igbo trade policies to cripple the businesses and investments belonging to Ndigbo.
“The INC therefore, calls on Ndigbo living in other parts of the country, especially in the North where jihad has been declared against them, to begin to bring their businesses and investments back home.
The group also lauded the effort of Chinua Achebe in his yet-to-be-released memoir blaming some Nigerians for the numerous atrocities committed against the Igbos during the civil war.