ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Some elders of Igbo land under the auspices of Conference of Igbo Elders for Peace and Development (CIEPD) has condemned the killings in the South-East.
The elders called on the perpetrators to desist from the act or face the wrath of God and the people.
The elders made their position known in a statement signed by the National President Mazi Festus Edochie, and National Secretary Esther Amadi, in Abuja yesterday.
The group noted that contrary to attempts to foist ethnic agenda on the incidents in Imo State and some parts of South-East, the killings ‘are purely acts of criminality that know no ethnicity, tribe, religion, or political inclination’.
The statement reads: “We condemn the killings witnessed in Imo State, and some parts of Igbo land, even as we have continued our advocacy and sensitisation against acts of criminality and barbarism, in whatever guise.
“We are concerned that the killing in parts of the South-East are given ethnic colouration, while the same development in the Northeast, and Northwest, is attributed to terrorists.
“Rather than politicise killings anywhere in the country, let us join hands together to make Nigeria safe and great again, through the promotion of justice, equity, inclusivity, and above all, patriotism.
“For the umpteenth time, we would like to state that concerned Igbo elders will not allow any group or individual – no matter how highly-placed in society – to give a dog a bad name and hang it, just to serve parochial and chauvinistic tendencies.”