Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the accidental bombing by the Nigerian Army that claimed the lives of about 85 villagers and injured several others at Tudun Biri village in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
This was contained in a press release signed by Dr Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide and made available to Ikengaonline in Enugu on Thursday.
“It is indeed a paradox that at a time Nigerians are facing various challenges and losses of lives in the hands of bandits, kidnappers, Boko-Haram insurgents amongst others, an air mishap by the Nigerian Army will claim about 85 lives.
“The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, OFR; expressed deep sorrow over the avoidable catastrophe.”
The Igbo Leader urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to conduct a thorough investigation on the bombing and those found to be negligent should face the full weight of the Law.
Iwuanyanwu expressed optimism that the outcome of the investigation will help the Nigerian Army to attain a more prudent, skillful, professional military-civilian engagements in their operations.
He called for adequate compensation to the families, who lost their loved ones in the incident as well as appropriate treatment to the victims of the strike currently receiving treatment in various hospitals.
“On behalf of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and indeed the entire Igbo, we sympathise with the affected families, the government and the good people of Kaduna State for this very unfortunate tragedy,” he said.