A group known as Credible Igbo Women Initiative (CIWI) on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to prevent the killings in the eastern part of the country.
The CIWI joined by popular musician, Onyeka Onwenu made this call during a national press conference in Lagos with the theme: “Enough Of This Killings”.
In a communique issued, the group demanded that government combine a security conclave forthwith and also remove the killer squads from Igbo land.
They asked the government to embrace diversity and inclusion in the style of his governance, and empower everyone with the possibility of achieving their fullest potential whether in the public or private sector, irrespective of tribe, creed or association.
“We also demand for compensation to the men and women whose children met their untimely death in the hands of gunmen as well as widows and widowers who lost their spouses,” they stated.
Onyeka Onwenu, who spoke in tears, said the government should help stop the killings. “I schooled abroad for ten years and nobody discriminated against me but here in my country we are being discriminated against. We just want to live, our young ones just want to live, we are not happy about burying our children.
“We love Nigeria, I love my country and carry that flag everywhere I go, and if you want us to be part of Nigeria love us back and accept our right to live. Mr. President please see our tears, the first duty of government is the protection of lives and property, and we want to live, we want Nigeria to live together.
“We are Igbo and we are not going to apologize again for being Igbo, we are good people. We come here together today as women with one thing on our mind which is ‘Peace; stop the killing, This killings has to stop.”