A former governor of Sokoto state and Senator representing Sokoto North, Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako, has urged Igbo leaders to halt the descent into anarchy in the region.
He stated this through a statement titled, “A Clarion call on Igbo leaders: Enough is Enough,” which he personally signed.
The Senator accused the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) as masterminds of the scary insecurity in the Southeast states, adding that leaders in the Southeast are indifferent to the nefarious activities of IPOB.
Senator Wammako who incidentally is the Chairman Senate Committee on Defence gave a detailed account of the killings and disruptions of businesses of Nigerians from the Northern part of the country, whom he noted are now targets of attacks by arsonists and unknown gunmen in the Southeast.
He recalled the looting and burning of a truck loaded with onions in Owerri, two trucks conveying palm oil from Enugu to Kano and the burning of a truck conveying livestock from the North which was intercepted in Akwa, Anambra state and burnt along with the animals.
He said:” Many Northerners living peacefully in some states in the South-East have come under undue harassments lately while a number of them have been murdered in cold blood for simply coming from a section of the country. Prior to the assassination of Ahmed Gulak last Sunday in Imo, tens of our people have suffered a similar fate at the hands of the increasingly emboldened IPOB militants.
“Those killings are largely under-reported perhaps because the victims are not prominent and partly because of a deliberate culture of silence in a section of the media about what is happening.
“In the past week alone, there have been three incidences of arsons and looting against properties belonging to Northern traders travelling in the South-East. Last weekend, a truck of onions with about 500 bags of the commodity was ransacked by members of the IPOB in a daylight robbery in Owerri,” he stated.