Security Agencies on Manhunt for Composers of Anti-Igbo Songs as Ndigbo Derides FG for Inaction

Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, has said security agencies have begun a manhunt for those behind the anti-Igbo song, adding that the agency had intercepted more anti-Igbo songs outside the one that has caused ripples in the polity.
Abari disclosed that security agencies have begun manhunt for composers and sponsors of the hate songs and assured that government would protect lives and property of Nigerians.
The DG said: “NOA is in possession of at least three songs already recorded to preach hate in our communities. Two out of these songs are in mass circulation in the social media, particularly on Facebook and Youtube.
“The latest one was only released three days ago. The more disturbing part of this is that each of the songs appears to want to outdo the other”.
“We are also aware that messages from Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group have continually been filled with hate and derision for other ethnic communities.
“We have also noticed that those who dare to call them to order have become the subject of attack by these groups through their songs and messages,” Abari added.
He warned that hate speeches may plunge Nigeria into serious crisis, disclosing that State Directorates and Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) of NOA had been directed to commence peace-building sensitisation to communities to reassure them of government’s commitment to their safety.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lambasted northern leaders for their “silence” on hate songs against Igbo trending in the country
Ohanaeze also gave notice to the Federal government to deal with the situation decisively “or forever be held responsible for the consequences this abdication of responsibility provoke”.
President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement on Thursday said it was surprising that northern leaders were yet to openly condemn the hate songs.
Nwodo said: “The current Hausa hate song trending in the social media is despicable, sad and disappointing. Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the north (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach.
“The Arewa youths have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature. The toleration of their criminal conduct has potrayed the Federal government as biased and unfair.”
“Their quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave any part of Nigeria strikes at the fundamental rights of citizenship. It is a call for the dissolution of the country. Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the North is conversion. It amounts to a day light robbery of lawful property.
“The declaration of mop up action after October 1st, 2017 to deal with those who resist their quit notice order is a declaration of war. It is surprising that on top of all these a hate song calling for more hatred, despise and “abortion” has been allowed to fester.
“Yet no one is arrested. All the orders of arrest from Kaduna state and the IGP seem to be ambivalent and unreal. The youths meet freely with Governors of Northern Nigeria and Northern leaders showing that they enjoy their support.
“This development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which if not nipped in the bud will snowball into incalculable damage to our continued existence as one country”.

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