Abike: An Igbo youth-based group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has frowned at the abandonment of Igbo indigenes in Sudan, during an evacuation exercise.
The group particularly accused Chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa of masterminding the act.
A viral video which circulated on social media showed Igbo indigenes in Sudan stranded, while one of the indigenes narrated how they (Igbo) were asked to alight from the flight for Nigerians of other extraction to enter the plane for evacuation.
In the video, the Igbo indigene begged Igbo billionaires to come to their aide, while also thanking owner of Air Peace Airline, Allen Onyema for donating his planes for the evacuation. Speaking in Igbo, the man said: “You cannot blame Allen Onyema, because he has donated his aircraft, and does not know that he brothers are being abandoned in the evacuation exercise.”
But COSEYLin a press release signed by its leader, Goodluck Ibem condemned the alleged abandonment of Igbos in Sudan, describing it as “wicked and barbaric”.
“This is barbaric and wickedness of the highest order against humanity and we condemn it in its entirety.
“It is very unfortunate and regrettable that Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is paid by taxes Payers money which Igbos are among those paying the taxes through which she receives her salaries and allowances will segregate against the same people contributing for her salaries and allowances. This evil and unpatriotic act against fellow Nigerians which she was employed to serve must never go unpunished.
“Abike has committed a national and international crime and we demand her immediate sack, arrest and prosecution without any delay. She is a national embarrassment to the nation and she should not stay a day longer as Chairman of NIDCOM.
“We are aware that her major evil plan is to ensure that all Igbos stranded in Sudan are killed which is why she chased those innocent Igbos out of the rescue bus, but her plans is dead on arrival.”
The group called on Onyema and the minister of foreign affairs to prevail on Abike Dabiri-Erewa to ensure that the aircraft sent to Sudan takes all Nigerians.