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Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) call for the Removal of Buratai Over Threat of State of Emergency in S’East

Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has called for the removal of the Chief of Army Staff, General Turkur Buratai over his threat to declare a state of emergency in South East zone for alleged security breach within the region .

The COAS had reportedly pushed for an imposition of state of emergency within the South East after the recent incident in Emene , Enugu State where security agents killed 21 members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, who they accused of killing two operatives of the Department of Security Services, DSS.

 Military spokesman had according to media reports, said that the Nigerian security agencies are no longer safe in South Eastern region.

But IPOB has since denied killing any security agent, arguing that it's ridiculous and untenable to say that unarmed civilians could kill heavily armed security operatives.

OYC during a press statement signed by its National President, Comrade Igboayaka. O. Igboayaka, slammed Buratai for his threat and warned him to refrain from making such “inciting and careless statements”.

OYC regretted that Gen. Buratai was quick to suggest and recommend imposition in South East that's peaceful where as he never contemplated such a measure for his North East zone that had become a killing ground both for soldiers and civilians. 

Accusing the COAS of hypocrisy, Ohanaeze asked : “Why hasn’t he suggested state of emergency in Northern part of the country where thousands of Nigeria security agents are killed by Boko Haram, bandits, Fulani herdsmen and Islamic jihadists but a relaxed and peaceful South East region is his headache? “

OYC which accused Buratai of deliberate plan to declare war against Ndigbo warned that “any plan by the military to truncate democracy in Nigeria will be strongly resisted”.

OYC which also accused Gen Buratai of plots to topple democratically elected governments in South East cautioned him to jettison the thought or brace up for the inevitable consequences.

 The umbrella Igbo youths body urged the National Assembly to call for the sack of General Buratai immediately over “his insensitive, careless and undemocratic statement and plans before he plunges the country into unrest.”

“With the way General Buratai is going, I sense danger and advise DSS to mount surveillance on him, pending his immediate removal”, OYC said.

The group further argued that “Buratai’s method of engaging Boko haram had raised suspicion across quarters within the manner and way thousands of Nigerian soldiers are being killed on daily basis by Boko Haram”, adding that “the only way to save Nigeria from military sabotage and conspiracy is the immediate sack of General Buratai.”

OYC called on the international community to hold Buratai liable for any security crisis within the Eastern region.

The Council call on interest organizations in Nigeria and eminent Nigerians to join within the call for immediate removal of General Buratai to save Nigeria Democracy and people at large.

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