The Ohanaeze Ndigbo criticized the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai over his claimed statement in which he said he would announce a state of emergency in the southeast region.

The apex Igbo Socio cultural organization said the Army superior not have the powers to declare state of emergency in the southeast.

Buratai said to have made the supposed statement after some security personnel allegedly attacked in Enugu.

Buratai said to have been annoyed and thus threatened state of emergency in the region if the attacks continued.

According to The Nation, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Uche Achi-Okpagha, takes exception to the alleged threat.

“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, threatening to impose a state of emergency in the South East if Governors of the states allowed any further attack on security forces in the states, a statement he has not denied.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo finds it particularly provocative for General Buratai to issue such a warning to governors of the South East where relative peace prevails while he has not done the same in the North Central, North West and North East which have become theatres of war and where army posts and bases have been subjected to incessant attacks by the Boko Haram, ISWA/ISIS, bandits and Fulani herdsmen, killing and maiming Nigerian soldiers,” the statement read in part.