The Igbo Canadian Community Association (ICCA/Umunna) has described an 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 an ill-advised action on the graves of Nigerians who had been extra-judicially killed by the army under Buratai’s leadership.
President of the 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 under the command of Buratai who not only has blood on his hands but has failed in his mandate to protect the country and its people from aggression.”
This followed statement by Col. Sagir Musa, the Nigeria Army spokesman, that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Chigozie Egbu, announced that 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.
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 had failed to take into consideration the actions of the Nigerian 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 innocent citizens by the Nigeria by the Army or tell the world that Ebonyi rewards bloodshed. “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 that the army gunned down 348 Shi’ites 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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