By Franca Jospeh, For Agenda Watchdog, April 18, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Government of Nigeria has been tasked to establish a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate the incessasnt killings in the southern part of Nigeria by overzealous security personnel. This charge was made the apex pan Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, through a statement by its President, Chief Nnia Nwodo, on Friday, April 17, 2020. The group also used the same medium to request information on the criteria used by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, to identify beneficiaries of the COVID-19 lockdown palliative.
According to the group, the senseless killings in the southern part of the country was a pill that was too bitter to swallow. Citing the recent extrajudicial killing of five promising youths in Aba, Onitsha and Warri respectively by Nigerian security personnel, in efforts to enforce the lockdown, the group wondered why such dastardly killings were only happening in the southern part of the country, warning that there might be ricochet effects if such attacks persisted without some form of redress from governing authorities.
The group also challenged the skewered manner COVID-19 palliatives were being distributed in the country, with the North seemingly being favoured at the expense of the south in the scheme of things. Accusing the Buhari administration of bias in the manner the north was always favoured above other regions whenever resources are allocated, the group called for a return to equity in the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to all sections of Nigeria.