The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari carried out genocide on Igbos during the 1966 Civil War.
This was according to a statement in reaction to Buhari’s remark that the Nigerian Army was too soft on Biafrans during the civil unrest.
However, IPOB in the statement on Tuesday, described Buhari’s comment as ”full of contradictions in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary chronicled by independent observers of the war time atrocities committed by the Nigerian forces against innocent Biafran civilians.”
According to the pro-Biafra group, “President Buhari’s comment was not only full of false and strange, but contradictory in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary, chronicled by independent observers of the war time atrocities committed by the Nigerian armed forces against innocent Biafran civilians.
According to the pro-Biafra group, “to better understand the Nigerian Army atrocities during the war against Biafrans, one needs to trace back to 1945 and then 1953 when the Hausa-Fulani political leadership in Northern Nigeria planned and executed two premeditated pogroms on Biafran immigrant populations in Jos and Kano in an unpatriotic and envy-driven opposition to the leading role Biafrans played in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence from Britain.”
It added that “The perpetrators, who subsequently seized power in 1966 on the blood of their fellow officers of Eastern extraction, continued their bloodletting that directly led to the war. And when the war came, Gowon deceptively labelled it a police action, but what went on underneath was a genocide of epic proportions.
“There were extensive coverage of the genocide in the international media throughout its duration. According to accounts, Buhari committed grave genocidal atrocities of his own in the theatres where he participated or commanded, namely the battles for Nsukka, Abagana and Nkpor Junction, where he had held command positions. This is subject of an ongoing suit filed at the ICC by IPOB.”
IPOB further stated that, “during the battles for these sectors, Buhari’s officers and men torched entire villages and massacred the civilians that could not be evacuated before the enemy arrived. These included children, the sick, infirm and elderly. At the conclusion of the massacres, the soldiers began their macabre dance of jubilation and Buhari was said to have told them that ‘Nnewi is next. Yes-‘next’ -as in the next massacre.”