Call for Ihejirika’s probe not anti-Igbo, says South East APC

The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has assured a group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing and the people of the South East zone that the party will not engage in anything that will undermine the progress and interest of the Igbo race.

It explained that the call by the party’s national secretariat for the investigation of former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika was based on the allegation by the Australian negotiator, Stephen Davies, that they were sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.

The APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, had at a press conference in Abuja last week, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to invite the ICC to investigate and prosecute Messrs. Sheriff and Ihejirika over the allegation.

Mr. Ihejirika, a retired army general, was the first Chief of Army Staff of Igbo origin since 1966 when his kinsman, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, who himself occupied that position and later became first Nigerian military Head of State, was killed.

In a statement Monday, the South East APC explained that Mr. Odigie-Oyegun merely made the call based on Mr. Davis’ allegation and that since Nigeria was a signatory to ICC, the president should take the matter to the court because it seemed the Boko Haram situation had overwhelmed the president.

The party said its goal was the welfare and security of every Nigerian and that it would build an egalitarian society everybody would have their needs according to their talents.

“APC in league with other Nigerians patriots is of the candid view that unravelling the masterminds, sponsors, allies and sympathizers of the monster called Boko Haram, is a sure bet to stamping out the insurgency,” it said.

“This is what our great party is patriotically demanding, and we sincerely reassure Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing that we mean well. We have no apology to tender to anybody.

“APC in the best tradition of democracy is requesting President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, the Commander-in-Chief, to use his good office to invite ICC to first investigate and secondly to prosecute Senator Sheriff, Gen Ihejirika or any person found culpable, simple and short.”

The party noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria more than a week after Mr. Davis’s startling allegation had neither made a rebuttal nor dismissed the Australian.

It added, “Consequently, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Leadership needs be reminded the old Igbo maxim that you do not throw stone into the market, for the stone may hit your mother or father. Ndigbo are spread all over Nigeria and so is APC membership, so we must sing Nigerian song not ethno-sectarian song.

“Therefore, we candidly, do not see anything wrong in Mr President, who agreed that Boko Haram has penetrated his Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, and whom under his watch rascals are hoisting irredentist flags, formally requesting the International Criminal Court to intervene as the Boko Haram insurgency is a matter of urgent national importance.

“Let’s ask, has Ohaneze Ndigbo Youths ever asked President Jonathan why our dear brother Gen. Ihejirika was sacked in controversial circumstances in January 2014? It is an issue for another day, suffice it to say that Ndigbo are second in population to indigenes of Lagos, Kano and 25 other states, first in 5 states and has good presence in FCT, meaning that if there is peace and prosperity in Nigeria, we are one of the greatest beneficiaries given the law of proportion.”

The APC asked the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth “to be reticent, careful and diligent to avoid unwittingly putting all our eggs in one basket, hence joining the Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band of politicians, whose only interest is like that of She-Goat, the advancement of the nuclear family and no other goat.”


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  • Scalywag

    Lt. Gen Bamaiyi a one time COAS was incacerated at Kirikiri for over 10 years, there were no tribal irrenedists threatening anybody. And it was during this democracy. His sin? There was a Sergeant Rogers who fingered him along with Major Al Mustapha in the assasination of Kudirat Abiola. Now a Rev. Dr. Davis has fingered Ihejirika as a BH sponsor and his tribesmen say there should not be investigation? Bamaiyi was in prison for 10 years before the courts discharged and acquitted him, even if he nearly lost his sight and life. He also lost $8m to Fred Ajudua an Igbo man. So to request the ICC to investgate Ihejirika is the minimum nigerians who have lost relations, limbs, livelihoods to the mindless insurgency demand from the government. If they can’t stop the marauding insurgents, let them at least investgate their suspected sponsors

    • the truth

      davis yesterday in an interview granted vanguard never mentioned iherijiaka directly as a sponsor. i employ you to read the interview. he mentioned how he was tricked by bbc, arise and sahara reporters.

      • Scalywag

        The issue is not so much what Davis said or didn’t say. The issue is the fact that Ihejirika should not be investigated because he is Igbo by tribe. This does not augur well for national unity and cohesion. Any suspicion about BH sponsorship should be thoroughly investigated. There should be no sacred cows

      • Bigzy

        He dodged the question about Ihejirika, saying that it was difficult to understand. Unfortunaely the inerviewer was not sharp enough to press him on it. He should be pressed on this point.

      • Ibrahim

        So you believe the interview by vanguard because it serve your line of thought but does not believe the voice heard on the interview on Arise TV and BBC. How are we should this journalist actually interviewed Davis as we saw on Arise TV. Please let get serious about this massarca taking place in North-East. All we want all those mentioned should be investigated if found guilty prosecuted if not they should be cleared not all these ethnic sentiments

      • Wähala

        Don’t mind Vanguard, they first published a rush-rush hack job of that interview but after I pointed out the inconsistencies in their report, they pulled the story and edited the version you read. Dr. Davis is a reverend with international reputation, he will never retract fro his stance that’s why he said he’s ready to meet Sheriff in court anywhere in the world. Ask Ihejirika or Sheriff to sue and incriminate Dr. Dumbo… Mumu!

    • Femi

      @Scalywag need i say more. You’ve spoken the minds of many Nigerians.

    • Wähala

      Gen. Ihejirika is going down, no doubt about that. He’s the Ike Nwachukwu kinda Igbo and an enemy of Ndigbo…
      Shikena!

  • Mani_Kay

    Another firm nail on APC’s coffin ….. RIP APC

    • Dan Fulani

      The APC doesn’t have any coffin in the South east and south south. We already know that your votes are in the PDP coffin. Mani, please read the second to last para of this article. There are many Igbos out side their Region of origin and must therefore be careful with what you say or do.

  • wode

    I’m really confused. How does ethnicity or tribalism gets into this? How can we move forward in this country if everything that happens has to wear either religious or ethnic tag. Whoever is alleged, investigated and confirmed sponsor or member of the dreaded group should be duly prosecuted.

  • G4

    Nigerian’s need to take their national pride seriously, how can a foreigner come in, accuse your immediate past Chief of Army staff of supporting an insurgency and you do not first ask the person making those allegations, where is your evidence(phone recordings, bank transfers, video recording)??? The man does not providing any evidence and people are actually taking him seriously and choosing to more or less insult people that have led physical battle to keep this country together. Or is naming now the gold standard for evidence???
    Before you start questioning the top brass people that are fighting for your country you must have very hard evidence, or is it beacuse a sickly toadish white man said it. People need to grow up and have some sense of self worth, what nonsense

    • Scalywag

      Which pride? When Cameroun is disarming our soldiers who make ‘tactical manouvres’ into their territory. When they are shelling BH ah Gamboru on our behalf. When America, China, UK , France , India will take over our air space to help us find missing students?

      • G4

        That’s the main problem of the poor black man, emotions run wild. Use your brain and think rationally, before anyone comes in local or foreign to say your immediate past COAS is supporting an insurgency out of decency, self respect, respect for your country’s military ask that person for the HARD evidence before more or less insulting the character of your own generals.If you are so vulnerable by poverty to understand that its too bad.

        • Scalywag

          Sir, are you saying Gen. Bamaiyi did not deserve to be respected? Wether you are a green man or a yellow man, this black scalywag is saying there is a precedent in this matter of investigating a COAS. Mr Ihejirika’s case should not be a big deal. No matter your sentiments, or anybody’s sentiments for that matter, he deserves to be investigated, and by the ICC. The acussation borders on crimes against humanity. Please visit the displaced persons camps to appreciate their suffering, haplessness and helplessness. They are human beings and government exists to protect them.

  • Andrew

    What is the name of the APC representative that granted this interview?

  • janjaweed3

    if el rufai or buhari or aregbesola were implicated by davis he would be descrbed as an “authority on boko haram” with “impeccable credentials” and these same people would ask for buharis head including the federal governments . no less an authority than the federal governments appointed davis , no less than the president said he has boko haram in his governments ,no lesser person in the form of the late NSA said that their is boko haram in the PDP so y all this drama.. in the interest of fairplay this matter should b investigated

    • Bigzy

      Ganger weed, go and take another draw.

  • Sopulu

    Dead brains! The first question in crime investigation is: What is the Motive? What on earth could have been Gen Ihejirika’s motive? You have just asked a band of criminals, rapists and murderers who is funding their crime and they claim it is the head of the Army that faced them head-on. Then you scream Eureka! Guess what? That makes no sense. How many days did former Police IG, Ogbonnaya Onovo, last in office after he said Nigeria should declare war on Boko Haram and took the fight to the animals? He was accused of being the enemy by the true backers of Boko Haram. In a matter of days, he was sacked.

    • Rico

      The motives are to frustrate project Nigeria and bully them to allow Biafra, simple!

      • Bigzy

        Killing Southerners has been a serious pastime in the North since the 1940s and it was encouraged by those in power after independence. There is nothing new in it. Your trouble is that it churned your stomack to see an Igbo man in charge of the Army. If you hate the Igbos so much, why don’t you let them go?

    • Rico

      Who was in the best position like Ihejirika to actualize project Biafra with his skills, military tactics and access to power without questioning, go and check every country in trouble in Africa and middle east, the external forces sponsors the internal terrorists and activists to achieve their aim, are you telling me a man can’t hurt his body with his hands, maybe you think people like that see Ijaw as part of Biafra? It’s all about project Biafra and indirect revenge to achieve it.

      • Bigzy

        You are seriously deluded.

    • redeem

      mad Salkida, the self-exiled Nigerian journalist, widely reported to have an unfettered access to Boko Haram, has described as questionable, claims by Australian negotiator, Dr. Steven Davis, of having links with the insurgent group.

      The Borno State-born journalist who reportedly fled to the United Arab Emirates over allegations that he was a Boko Haram sympathiser stated that Davis should explain to Nigerians how he “came across” the insurgent group.

      Davis had named the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirik and former governor of Borno State—–Sherrif

  • OMOBA

    Bt APC did not say FG should investigate the CBN boss whom Davis says he was sponsoring boko haram because we know is Sanusi. When boko suspect mention some big Northern politician who have boko haram in their payroll APC did not talk because most of them are in APC. They hv not called for prosecution of Sherrif since he was in APC but now he just joined PDP last month. We know dt Ihejirika don’t hav anything to do with boko haram and he was the one fought them out of North west and drove them from major cities into Sambisa forest.

    • Ayobami

      how sure are you that Ihejirica did not have anything to do with BH?

  • Rico

    Igbos are indirectly telling Nigeria that they want to go, if they really want to go, let them go or otherwise they will be acting victims all the time either right or wrong, let them go their way alone, that’s what they want, hope their leaders have the courage to say it out instead of acting the wrong wood that scatters the cooking flame.

    • Wähala

      Those youth clowns do not speak for Ndigbo, they’re paid goons akin to that Northern youth group in Kaduna that issues statements whenever a Northerner challenges Dr. Dumbo on contemporary issues… think of Gov. Lamido!

      • Bigzy

        And you do? Atulu awasa!

        • Wähala

          That word is, ‘aturu’ in my real Ibo lingua… Igala clown like you!

          • Bigzy

            I am from Delta state and the word is Atulu. Whether you like it or not!

          • Wähala

            Na, “ofe mmiri” Igbo ba? Your sins are forgiven!
            Just like Nkwere is no Ikwerre… khaki no be leather.
            Sha, my brother and I will team up to fight my cousin, but we will all team up to fight Aboki…
            Welcome Home!

          • Bigzy

            You Hausa ophan passing of your story ass as an Igbo man. Your anticidence precludes me from teaming up with you to fight anyone. This is because in the middle of the fight your Hausa ethnicity might overcome the other two. I would hate to be sabbed in he back.

          • Wähala

            Is ‘wahala’ an Hausa word/name or Yoruba?
            I’m the only true Nigerian online… and the only hero who lives up to the meaning of my name. Ha!

          • Bigzy

            Shikina is neither Yoruba nor Igbo and you have used it quite often.

          • Wähala

            I said, ‘wahala’ not “shikena”…stop smoking whatever is frying your brains, stick with the ogogoro!
            For your info, I speak all three languages fluently… no gainsaying it!

          • Bigzy

            Your Islamic side is always getting the better of you. You keep banging on as if Ogogoro is bad. The irony is that my Islamic friends drink more than me. Anyway, “Mama comfort, pass me another bottle of guinness, I will drink to the resolution of Wahala’s issues and tissues”

          • Bigzy

            Are you there? Cat cut your tongue?

          • Bigzy

            Yeah! probably the only one with three ethnicities. Lol!

          • Bigzy

            The clown in this is you. If you have not heard of the different flavours and dialects of the Igbo language, the ignorance is yours.

          • Wähala

            Yeah, right!
            Igbos by convenience. When it suits you clowns, you remove the ‘g’ and sheepishly call yourselves ‘Ibos’…and when the going gets tough, you cross the Niger Bridge for Big-Brother protection… Chameleons!

          • Bigzy

            Again, you lack basic knowledge of Igbo ancestory. Ibo has always been an alternative word for Igbo. As for chameleons, they dont come any bigger than you. Don’t forget that you have told us of your three ethnicities.

    • redeem

      Ahmad Salkida, the self-exiled Nigerian journalist, widely reported to have an unfettered access to Boko Haram, has described as questionable, claims by Australian negotiator, Dr. Steven Davis, of having links with the insurgent group.

      The Borno State-born journalist who reportedly fled to the United Arab Emirates over allegations that he was a Boko Haram sympathiser stated that Davis should explain to Nigerians how he “came across” the insurgent group.

      Davis had named the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirik

  • Wähala

    “If there is peace and prosperity in Nigeria… we are the greatest beneficiaries given the law of proportion” – Owelle’s APC
    I don’t like Gen. Ihejirika for shishi, he’s a no-use Igbo man interested only in himself and nuclear family, just like our noisy Atiliogu Dancers of Anambra State led by Peter Obi, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Uba thug brothers and the infamous Stella Oduah of cursed memory. These are the anti-progress, “Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band” of clowns giving us bad names in politics. Gen. Ihejirika’s purported fight against Boko Haram insurgents was nothing but raiding villages and killing and maiming innocent Nigerians after accusing them of being BH-sympathizers, he had no battlefield successes on record as far as I’m concerned, in fact, human rights organizations are investigating war crimes committed during Gen. Ihejirika’s tenure as COAS. So much for bashing Boko Haramists, he killed no known Commanders talk less of Abu Shekau… I hate Ihejirika because his Boko Haram friends started their murderous campaign killing Ndigbo in Catholic churches across the North! Gen. Ihejirika supplied them the infrastructure for shedding Igbo blood for personal gains, he must face justice… Wallahi!
    ps:
    Gen. Ihejirika’s home State Abia, remains the only state where close to 600 Boko Haram were arrested shortly after vigilant security personnel diffused a bomb in a church in nearby Imo State…

    • redeem

      U claim to be an Ibo man but know little or nothing about yr people and state-that is why u have often refused to tell us where u hail from in the south east——-i am very sure yr dad a fulani soldier from chad————must have told u—-the village where he married yr late mother from————–Aba is the central point where vehicles to the north including those from various parts of the north converge———–that is why u see many fulanis cow hands-in aba—-it been opn long b4 Jonathan made yr ibo brothers the CAS———–

      • Bigzy

        I am begining to see what you mean. It has taken me quite a while to come to terms with this fact.

        • Wähala

          If you believe @Deri redeem’s “fact” you might as well believe I’m Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe!
          You epitomize what happens when a sane person goes gulping ogogoro with an Aborigine…
          No pity from here, keep wallowing in your reverie and wondering where I’m from, I be Naija in two colors and three ethnicities… just no Aborigine!

          • Bigzy

            What is your obsession with ogogoro? I am not concerned about where you originated from. But since you say that you are of three ethnicities, I take it that you are not really sure where your real father comes from. Why don’t you just claim to be Hausa and be done with self confusion and delusion. It only takes two to make a baby. Anu ofia!

      • Wähala

        Fulani wangle thru the jungle and resurface in Umuahia, not Aba…
        Aba is known for industrious reproduction of any and every product made on mother earth, thus, ‘Aba-made’…
        Gen. Ihejirika is not onye-igbo as you know my folk with red caps, that’s why you’ve never seen Ihejirika wearing okpu-ndi-nze even for ceremonial purposes. Wallahi, I’m more Igbo than Ihejirika… that thug spent too long in the North unlike us who went thru the FedGoCol system and waved goodbye to Aboki land… kapisch?

    • Bigzy

      Very soon you will run to this forum to tell everyone how you hate your wife and your children. Who do you like apart from Buhari? Ewu!

      • Wähala

        Your mama!
        In fact, I’ll soon marry her so that will make me your step-father and guarantee respect from you to me or…

        • Bigzy

          Listen son, respect is earned. You can’t continue to pour spittle over people and expect them to respect you.

          • Wähala

            Chump, you can’t disparage me and expect respect from me at the same time…
            You responded disrespectfully to my comment and when I spread your mother on the mat, there you go preaching the gospel. Go-siddon! Cut you a deal, never react to my comments and I will reciprocate, deal? I can ignore you but can you ignore me???

          • Bigzy

            Listen prat, to marry my mother of blessed memory, you have to be dead yourself as the living does not marry the dead. I need to collect the diary from you before you committ suicide though. I will then gladly bury you at the Church cemetry or do you prefer burning your remains?

          • Wähala

            However!
            Even posthumously if that will guarantee respect from you to me…
            Call me your late-daddy but just respect yourself on this forum, klar?

          • Bigzy

            How do you propose to pay the dowry, ewu? Besides, burial does not come
            cheap. If you leave no insurance or money for this, I will surely dump
            your remains under the bridge for the council to dispose of like vermin.

  • TRUTH

    It was this diversionary tactics, distraction and grand manuover by the main sponsor of this group 2 join issues with anybody related with the present government. In the end, they hope 2 ensure that this insurgency continues so as 2 improve their chances of getting 2 ASO ROCK. No wonder, they have never helped 2 profer solution on how dis insurgency can be stopped. To these people, what is happening is 2 their advantage. Like the maxim ” he who throws stone in the market does not know whether it will hit his own”. It is not whether there is supposed 2 be an investigation or no? It is about the motive. How come CBN governor was never included in dis charade? Was this investigation not about Davis’ allegation? Why was he excluded? Was it not suppose 2 be about truth? Or APC has already done their own investigation? And found sanusi innocent? More and more I see d truth here and there. It is all about power and ASO ROCK. U call the incubent president clueless and Dumbo. Remember u r fighting so hard 2 occupy the same sit. And anodat will design ur own name. Wheher u r doing it right or wrong. Count ur teeth with ur tongue NIGERIANS.

  • janjaweed3

    And if it was Sanusi that was the Cbn official , emir or no emir this same set of people will demand his head, emir or not , but Davis pointedly mentioned that Cbn official as ” head of currency operations”
    Who that is? Hmmmm