The Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment about Igbos on the Nigerian Civil War “shows the war is still on in another way.”
Buhari had recently claimed that the Nigerian troops were lenient toward Biafrans during the civil unrest that lasted from 1967-1970.
However, a statement by the apex Igbo group called on the president to tender an apology to Igbos over the remark which it described as “unpresidential.”
The Ohanaeze noted that “the war ended fifty years ago and for a participant in the war to make such a comment shows that the war is still on in another way. It is highly regrettable.
“Of course, there is no evidence of factuality in President’s claims. The clear case of genocide in Asaba, Umuohiagu, Ozu Abam, Aba, Otuocha among other centres of horror in the war belies Mr President’s claims of the observance of the Rule of Engagement during the war.
“The perpetrators of war crimes in the Second World War and in Rwanda are still under trial and nothing stops the same measure on any Nigerian soldier that committed war crimes in the past or exra-judicial killing today.
“The president must therefore apologize to Igbos and Easterners for that unpresidential comment.”