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Igbo Community In Canada Flay Umahi’s Honour On Buratai



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The Igbo Canadian Community Association (ICCA/Umunna) has described the approval given by the Ebonyi State Government to name the newly established Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies of the Ebonyi State University after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai as a disgraceful ill-advised decision that spits on the graves of Nigerians who have been killed by the army under Buratai’s orders. 

The President of the socio-cultural and political group, Chief Ugochukwu Okoro, in a statement issued in Toronto, Canada by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Ahaoma Kanu, said “ It is incomprehensible and unconscionable that a serving governor will take the very inhumane decision to name a building after a man whose hands are dripping with the blood of innocent Nigerians killed in broad daylight by Nigeria Army soldiers under the command of Buratai.”

“Governor Dave Umahi has shown, by his decision to solely select Buratai, his short-sightedness in selecting honourable Nigerians dead or alive that would have been more befitting to wear the honour of selfless service to humanity more appropriately.”

Army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, had revealed that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Chigozie Egbu, announced the university was naming its newly established Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies after the Chief of Army Staff, for his selfless service to the nation and humanity when he led a team from the university on a courtesy visit to Buratai in Abuja recently.

Dave Umahi: Is flayed for the honour on the army chief

The VC during the visit disclosed that the state governor and the State Executive Council had approved that the Institute be named “Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies”.

The ICCA/Umunna said that from the vague reasons given by the Ebonyi government why Buratai was selected to be honoured, it showed the governor and the Executive Council failed to take into consideration the actions of the Nigeria Army under Buratai against human rights in the country.

“We find it unbelievable that the Ebonyi State government wants to reward failure; cloth dishonor with honour; encourage indiscriminate killing of the innocent citizens by the Nigeria Army or tell the world that Ebonyi rewards bloodshed.

“Does it mean that during the selection discussion that the Executive Council failed to look into the human rights records of the Nigeria Army under the leadership of Buratai? Have they forgotten so soon that juts some six months ago the Army under the command of Burata killed 42 Shiite Muslims in Abuja; gruesome lethal attack on protesting Nigerian citizens some of which was captured on video.”

“Has Governor Umahi and the Executive Council of Ebonyi forgotten that on December 12, 2015 the Nigeria Army killed 348 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria with 347 bodies buried in secret. Are they not aware that the Judicial Commission for Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government in January 2016 under the chairmanship of Justice Mohammed Garba, a presiding justice of Court of Appeal, found the army gunned down 348 Shiites and urged for prosecution.” 

“How can Governor Umahi and his Executive Council forget that about 150 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were killed in a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions by the Nigeria Army under the command of Buratai between August 2015 and August 2016? “

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