Pull out the troops from Igboland, agitation for referendum is people’s right – Onyeka Onwenu tells Buhari
Veteran singer, Human right activist and former Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development, Onyeka Onwenu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw Nigerian troops deployed in South-East and dialogue with secessionists in the region.
Onwenu who made the call at a press conference organized by the Credible Igbo Women Initiative (CIWI) in Lagos, stated that agitation for referendum is people’s right.
The singer also asked the federal government to stop killings in the region, while appealing to young people to embrace dialogue.
Onyeka Onwenu said:
“We come here together with one thing in our mind: peace, love and equity. Something dreadful is happening in south east right now. I happened to come from Imo state and I know what people are passing through there. Please, federal government should stop the killings
“Some people want to agitate for referendum, it is their right. Some people want to cry out that they are being marginalized, it is their right. Listen to them.
You may not agree with them, but they have the right to speak. We are begging, we are asking, please let’s sit down and talk about what is going on.
Let’s call our people who are agitating, who are not happy with the situation and talk to them. Nigerian government let’s talk. Pull out the troops from Igboland.
“I want to use this opportunity to reach out to our young people to embrace dialogue. Please, come let’s talk. We will stand for the right of Igbo people.”
Onyeka Onwenu was born on January 31, 1952. She is a singer/songwriter, actress, human right activist, social activist, journalist, politician, and former X Factor series judge.
Dubbed the “Elegant Stallion” by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture.
In 2013, Onyeka Onwenu was appointed the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.