THE Senator representing Niger East, in the Senate, Sani Musa, has described the silence of Igbo leaders and their northern counterparts over the senseless killings across the nation as unfortunate.
Musa, in a statement, in Abuja, on Monday, strongly condemned the activities of bandits in the north and the attacks of federal institutions in the South-East.
The senator noted that the unusual silence of leaders in the South-East was disturbing because the continuous attack on innocent law-abiding citizens, security personnel as well as critical infrastructure was alarming.
The lawmaker said, “The recent happenings in the country, especially the targeted attacks and killing of Northerners in the southeast have made it necessary for me, as a Nigerian and a Northerner, to speak:
“The north has been a subject of ethnic profiling and attacks on several occasions in recent times, which has led many northerners killed, their settlement razed, their children murdered in cold blood, businesses attacked and destroyed, and even more recently targeted assassination of a northern politician.
“The deafening silence of southeastern leaders, while these attacks against northerners are ongoing, is disturbing and the attempt by some to even excuse it is not only sad but comes across like an outright endorsement by the leaders.
“It is far more worrisome because the North has been a home for many easterners who have found a home, became family and made fortunes from the north and they continued to live unharmed.
“The northerner’s love for peaceful coexistence must not be mistaken as cowardice.”
He appealed to leaders in the east to not only speak up against the killings but also rise up to the occasion by taking steps to stop them.