Owerri/Awka — Igbos in all part of the country have been advised not to engage in any act that could result to a reprisal attack as revenge to last Monday's bus bomb blast in Kano in which dozens of people including Igbo traders were killed.
Chairman of Imo State chapter of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Prince Marshal Okafor Anyanwu told Daily Trust in Owerri yesterday that the attack was not aimed at Igbos in the state, saying if there could be reprisal attacks, it could lead to killing of wrong people.
On calls for Igbos to return home, the APGA chieftain said the Nigerian system was not structured in same way with foreign countries where the Federal Government began to take care of their citizens after 18 years. He said the possibility of Igbos returning homes due to incessant killings in the north might not be there because a lot of people do not have anything they might fall back if they return home.
Describing the people behind the attack as barbaric and inhuman, he said the perpetrators are faceless unlike in the case of jihad war where the people are seen and could be traced to where they come from.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika on Wednesday urged Igbos to remain calm even in the face of the recent provocation.
Represented by General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major-General Ashimiyu Olaniyi, the chief of army staff assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies would continue to make concerted efforts to fish out perpetrators of the attack.
He said some arrests had already been made after the incident and through interrogations efforts would hopefully be made to unveil and track down the actual culprits behind the mask.
Addressing Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo leaders in the state, the chief of army staff also sued for peace in the southeast, saying the Nigerian Army is on top of the security challenges.
Leader of the Hausa community in Onitsha Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau and his Yoruba counterpart Alhaji Abdulrahman Zubairu since Boko Haram members do not spare tribe or religion, the war against terrorism should be fought against the bombers and not Hausas versus Igbo or Yorubas.