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1967 genocide can’t be repeated, Orji Kalu warns masterminds


Senator Orji Kalu

A former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, has cautioned those fueling the situation of insecurity in the South-East geopolitical zone.

Kalu warned that their action could lead to a repeat of the 1967 genocide, which according to him won’t be tolerated.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kalu noted that the insecurity in the South-East region was strange revealing that the Igbo were not known for burning homes to punish enemies.

The Senate Chief Whip questioned the sense in the killing of policemen and military officers.

He wondered why the masterminds and perpetrators of the deadly acts would think of eliminating those meant to protect their families, relatives, and even them.

He urged that they have a rethink in their actions and advised them to choose a more righteous path in expressing their grievances

He said, “The policemen and military officers being killed are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children and relatives.

“Anyone that has lost a close relative knows what it means to lose parents or children. I am more concerned about the lives lost because of the trickle-down effects on families.

“Our people are not known for burning homes to punish enemies. Destroying police stations and infrastructures can never be the best path to express grievances. Whenever the 1967 – 1970 civil war is mentioned, it’s an emotive experience for any peace-loving Nigerian, not just an Igbo man.

“We should not either by words or actions pursue a repetition of that horrible genocide.

“We should come to understand that every war ends on a table. Instead of destructions before coming to the table, is it not wiser to come to the table and avoid destruction?

“We need infrastructure, we need investments, we don’t need hostilities. So we are pleading with you to stop and embrace peace,“ he said.

He expressed worry that some security agencies have been reported to be killing innocent souls.

He said, “It is better to thoroughly conduct your investigations and avoid the indiscriminate killings of young innocent Igbo men.

“Our people have raised the alarm and we are very worried at the rate of disappearance and deaths of innocent young men.

“Some of our young people now live indoors for the fear of being tagged unknown gunman,“ he said