Traditional rulers in the South-East region of the country, under the aegis of the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, on Monday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to do all within his power to end the killings of the Igbos in parts of the country.
The monarchs made the call during a closed-door session they had with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation, led by the council’s chairman, who is also the Obi of Obinugwu, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, included the Eshimotee of Azara-Obiofo Kingdom, Imo state, Eze C. A. Osuebi ; Chairman of the Enugu Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Osisi Itodo-Agu; and the Egwu Uga 1 of Umuosu Oaiugu Nkwoegwu autonomous community, Umuahia North Local Government of Abia State, Eze Nzenwata Mbakwe, among others.
Ilomuanya, who addressed the President on behalf of the group, said the Igbos leaders had resolved that “enough is enough” of the unnecessary shedding of blood of their sons and daughters across the country.
According to a copy of the address, made available to journalists at the end of the meeting, the traditional ruler said of more concern to the group was that successive governments in the country had failed to address the ugly situation.
He said, “The blood of innocent Igbos has flown enough in Nigeria through tribal and religious attacks and no government has said anything about it.
“The Igbos have also lost much properties and other valuables to extremists in Nigeria, still we all are watching. It is therefore our wish to state in strong terms that enough is enough.
“One can start to imagine why Boko Haram sect has chosen to bomb churches, markets, motor parks and other places where the Igbos converge in their large numbers, especially in the Northern Nigeria.
“We therefore call on the Federal Government to take necessary measures to offer the Igbos the deserved security and protection in Nigeria. Nigeria belongs to all of us and there is no religion or tribe that is superior to others.”