Chukwumerije criticises northern leaders over plan to drag Ihejirika, others to ICC

Mr. Chukwumerije said such move would further polarize the country.

A senator, Uche Chukwumerije (PDP-Abia), on Wednesday decried the call by the Northern Elders Forum to drag the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, and six others to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Mr. Chukwumerije told journalists in Abuja that the plan was capable of unleashing “a national ill-will that will do no one any good’’.

He said the approach by the group was selective, biased and highly provocative to the sensibilities of those who desire the unity and stability of the country.

“Let it be emphasised ab initio that senseless sacrifice of a human life is indefensible. Violations of human rights have remained the bane of Africa.

“The situation in the universally acknowledged difficult terrain of borderless war such as terrorism, counter-terrorism and guerrilla-like conflicts offers a unique challenge,’’ he said.

Mr. Chukwumerije said the motives of the forum, led by Ango Abdullahi, were beyond concerns about human rights violations since the Bama incident had been investigated and put to rest.

“Every citizen knows that the anti-terrorism campaign in the North is a joint military operation under the command of the Chief of Defence Staff.

He urged the group to have a rethink, noting that the only path to long lasting stability for the country was that of equity.

Over 100 civilians were killed in Bama and hundreds of houses burnt when soldiers invaded the community to battle Boko Haram insurgents last year. Residents said the atrocities were carried out by soldiers.

(NAN)


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Angulu Abdulahi and his boko haram mullahs should be charged for terrorism before being handed over to ICC for commiting genocide against the igbos in particular and christians in general

  • Al

    Everything wil be polarize! let them exercises their right and seek redress, at least when the law find him guilty then it wil serve a lesson to our future leaders

    • UK BOY

      Which law, the one you created is the contrapment called nigeria. All you hausa-fulani nuisance, the time that you got away with just about anything in naija is gone. Wake up. You created boko haram, to destabilise jonathan, that didn’t work, now u want destabilise an ex chief of army staff, it wouldn’t work. Just want to remind you if you’ve forgotten, he is from a major ethnic group, the only ethnic group thatll look you in the face and match you fire for fire. Be careful, you don’t want an ethnic war.

  • igbiki

    Let us all go to The Hague and begin from the beginning.

    We will charge those who organised the massacre of the Igbos in Kano in 1943 and the whole of northern Nigeria in 1966.

    We will then charge those who bombed markets, churches and schools during the Biafran war, also those who commited the Asaba massacre and those who burned worshippers inside their church in Onitsha during the war would be charged.

    Those who commited genocide by imposing air, land and sea blockade and used starvation as an instrument of war that resulted in the death of 4 million babies and children would all be charged.

    Later we will charge those bombing churches, schools and setting off bombs in the streets all over northern Nigeria killing thousands of innocent people in the process. We will also charge their sponsors.

    After that we will charge Ihejirika.

    • jagelker

      I was about mentioning the incessant calls for prosecution of awolowo till today by ibos on account of the civil war even though he wasn’t a military man nor a head of state. If ibos will descend that low , leaving Gowon , obj , danjuma and other military guys to be mentioning awolowo because of sheer hatred for Yoruba, there is nothing wrong in threatening ihejerika with the Hague if he truly committed atrocities.
      BTW I find it curious each time the number of “alleged” casualties f Biafra war keeps increasing, at a time all we hear is 1million propaganda, later it increased to 2miilion, I have seen people quote 3million, now igbiki is saying ” 4millin” am sure the number will rise to 6million so that it will be equated to the “Holocaust ” . that will be a great propaganda too. Iboes love propaganda….
      NB I expect in reaction to my post some caustic bileful cussing… Its true to nature!

      • igbiki

        The fox, Awolowo was the brain behind the starvation of children and babies in Biafra. Gowon, OBJ and Danjuma were just around thirty years old as at then and do not know much or have that much exprience in life.

        “All is fair in war, and starvation is one of the weapons of war. I don’t see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight harder.” Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Nigerian Minister of Finance )

        “I want to see no Red Cross, no Caritas, no World Council of Churches, no Pope, no missionary and no UN delegation. I want to prevent even one Ibo from having even one piece to eat before their capitulation. We shoot at everything that moves and when our troops march into the centre of Ibo territory, we shoot at everything even at things that do not move, “( Benjamin Adekunle. Commander, 3rd Marine Commando Division, Nigerian Army).

        The starvation policy was enforced by the airforce through a policy of zero movement, that is not allowing any movement in the Biafran terittories whatsoever and bombing and straffing anything that moves of do not move.

        Markets, chuches, farms etc were not spared and the majority of the war civilian casualities were claimed by these indescriminate use of air power.

        The casualties claimed by Awo’s starvation policy were the future generation, children, and it was estimated by the Caritas that an average of 40,000 children died every day before the end of the hostilities.

        Through Awos’ machinations, the Biafrans also lost their properties left at the other parts of Nigeria during the war, as if that was not bad enough, their accounts were frozen and they were given 20 pounds each no matter what one had in his or her account berfore the war.

        That was when the eternal scoundrel, Awo, sprung us another suprise. He privatised federal assets and the Biafrans do not have any money to by anything and that was exactly how it was meant to be… la la la la laa laa.

        May the good Lord bless his poor soul, for no matter how hard he tried to destroy the Igbos, he failed woefully. Because wishes were not horses and the rejected corner-stones, THE IGBOS, are now the movers and the shakers of the Nigerian economy.

        • jagelker

          All what you have written is nothing new, over the course of the past decades , am familiar with such refrain.
          Concerning the age of danjuma obj etc, I wonder if been young is an excuse for doing evil? Ask the young north Korea leader who killed his uncle with 120 dogs .
          If igbos are successful in today’s Nigeria, it was because other nigerians believed in them and cooperated with them to make their business successful.
          You can imagine of successive govt had made policy that will impair igbos business spirit, what would happen?
          At least no Igbo has ruled nigeria since, so if other tribes still harbour intense hatred against ibos, they won’t be able to achieve much in a hostile Nigeria. So give kudos to them .
          Awolowo may have committed errors, but not in isolation, you won’t rule out the culpability of ojukwu who could have lessen the horror of war on his people but stubbornly refuse food supply via land. I strongly believe it was the main reason ojukwu didn’t write a book aboutthe war before he ddied. A lot of things would have been made clearer

          • igbiki

            Everybody knows where everybody else stands on issues in Nigeria and the issue of Nigeria.

            No Nigerian Gov has made laws to help igbo busness rather laws has been made to impair it.

            In some northern states or Lagos they told us to leave the streets and go to the ALABA, TRADE FAIR or inside the bushes where they have built us some shops.

            Being very ingenious, we take the markets with us anywhere we go and it thrives.

            There is no stopping the Igbos spirit, with or without Biafra.

          • igbiki

            Everybody knows where everybody else stands on issues in Nigeria and the issue of Nigeria.

            No Nigerian Gov has made laws to help igbo busness rather laws has been made to impair it.

            In some northern states or Lagos they told us to leave the streets and go to the ALABA, TRADE FAIR or inside the bushes where they have built us some shops.

            Being very ingenious, we take the markets with us anywhere we go and it thrives.

            There is no stopping the Igbos spirit, with or without Biafra.