The Igbo Elders Forum has on Saturday asked its kinsmen resident in the northern part of Nigeria to return home as the dreaded Islamic Sect, Boko Haram continues to destroy the lives and properties of innocent Nigerians especially in the Northern part of the country.
Speaking at the residence of late Ex Biafran Warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, said the call for immediate return of the Igbo women and children was informed by the mass killings of Ndigbo and bombings by Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazurike, said the Igbo Men can stay back and look after their investments for now.
According to the Igbo leaders: “The current situation in the North and the rampant killing of our Igbo brothers and sisters bring to mind the sequence of events and pogroms that led to the civil war. We are thus calling for emergency desk in the affected areas to get data regarding the number of persons that have lost their lives.
“We are taking the decision bearing in mind that our people in the North are being slaughtered like cows without any clear directive as to what they should do.
“We cannot fold our arms and watch our people killed and buried in mass graves in the North. The men can stay back and protect their investments.
“We have set up centres where people who have nowhere to go to can stay and we request churches and other non-governmental organizations to assist in providing settlement centres.
“We have set up a team to meet with the President as soon as possible to assess the security situation as it affects Igbos. We are using this opportunity to alert the international community of this refugee crisis and the fact that our people are returning home in droves without any government assistance.”