Tuesday, 10 May 2016 14:52

EXCLUSIVE: Ohaneze SA march against Fulani Killings

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Ohaneze SA march against Fulani KillingsYesterday 9th May 2016, the entire Igbo community in South Africa under the auspices of Ohaneze Ndigbo South Africa held two successful marches. One to the Johannesburg offices of Amnesty International

at Rosebank, Johannesburg and to the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at Pretoria.

The march according to Ohaneze Ndigbo was to highlight to the democratic and civilized International community of the gruesome massacre of over 40 defenseless men and women of the Igbo Nimbo Community in the Uzo-uwani Local Government area of Enugu State of Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons.

The occurrence shocked many globally especially Igbos in the diaspora. One of the marchers Mr. Ndubueze Ogugua said that it was reminiscent of the never punished ritualistic and periodic killings of people of Igbo extraction in Nigeria every year.

It was based on this usual practice of keeping mum in the face of such senseless killings of Igbo citizens in Nigeria that most Igbos of the Igbo stock in South Africa felt outraged and undone by the Security forces and Government of Nigeria for not publicly condemning this latest onslaught and bringing the perpetrators to book.

Mr. Chukwu John an Igbo South African resident criticized the President of Nigeria for his failure to condemn heinous crimes committed by his kinsmen or sometimes sending some of his media officials to speak tongue in cheek about his seriousness to stop these occurrences.

The visibly irked community carried many placards with messages like, ‘ enough is enough, we will defend ourselves’ ‘we say no to Fulani grazing reserve bill’ ‘stop killing Igbos’ ‘release all prisoners of conscience- Nnamdi Kanu and all Biafran activists’ ‘Buhari speak out against your murderous kinsmen’ etc. The march attracted a lot of local press and the media community as well as South African public who were shocked by the gruesome photos of Fulani herdsmen massacres being distributed to the public

The march which started earlier on the date at Amnesty International’s office ended at the Nigerian High Commission’s office where many of the protesters peacefully blocked entrance into the Nigerian High Commission and disrupted business for the day.

The angry but highly disciplined crowd dispersed later around 5pm local time after an address by the community leaders to remain peaceful but resolute in their quest to bring the perpetrators of the incessant killings and their tacit supporters to book.

See photo gallery of the march below:

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