Two social cultural groups in the South-Eastern states of Nigeria, known as Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM) and Igbos Progressives Assembly for Nigeria (IPAN), have declared their total support for President Muhammadu and the Service Chiefs in the fight against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements in the country.
The groups stated that at this crucial period, all that is required is for the military to consolidate on the gains made and not distraction.
In the joint press statement co-signed by their Publicity Secretaries, Alphonsus Ozoani and Okolo Kennedy Okolo, on Thursday, the groups hailed the security chiefs for being alive to their responsibilities of protecting lives and properties as well as the preservation of the country’s territorial integrity.
Unlike time past, it testified that Igbo sons and daughters can now return home for the annual festive season without fear of kidnappers or ritualists, attributing this to the measures put in place by Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai
Going further, the groups described the Nigerian Army’s operations in the region as professional and a huge success.
While throwing its weight behind the military leadership, the Igbo groups, however, urged those against the interest of the country to retrace their steps and embrace the positive gains.
The Igbos in Nigeria Movement and the Igbos Progressives Assembly for Nigeria advised fellow “Igbo brothers and sisters not to be misled by the gimmick of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or any of its affiliates because President Buhari has indeed done well, as well as the various heads of security agencies in the country”.