Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, has been summoned by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who has requested an apology and reparation for allegedly incendiary remarks directed against Ndigbo.
Bulkachuwa was quoted on television as declaring that Ndigbo deserved to be killed or exterminated because the South East is home to criminals, insurgents, and arsonists.
He was also believed to have declared that instead of the Igbo winning the presidency in 2023, they deserved to be expelled from the country.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in response, expressed surprise and amazement that a senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs could make such incendiary words about the Igbo “without any provocation.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also called on the President of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, to reprimand Bulkachuwa publicly to serve as a deterrent to others, who do not understand their oath of office and allegiance to the constitution of Nigeria.
In the statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the group argued that the Igbo demand for the presidency was within their right under the laws of Nigeria.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemns Bulkachuwa for spewing such hate speech on a major Nigerian ethnic group. It is highly inconceivable that a senator and husband of a highly placed judicial officer, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, would habour such evil wish for a significant section of the country.
“This goes to show clearly the wicked mindset of some people in power, who have no other objective, but to turn the country into a killing field in the pursuit of their hidden ethno-religious agenda.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, therefore, demanded an unreserved apology and restitution from Bulkachuwa for what it described as an unwarranted assault.