By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Southern and Middle Belt Forum has condemned the bomb explosion at the residence of the President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.
The condemnation was contained in a statement signed by Yinka Odumakin on behalf if the forum, made available on Monday, which also backs his call for self defense against attacks by rampaging Fulani militia.
“The Leaders of Southern and Middle Belt Forum has received the initial reports of a bomb explosion that occurred at the Ukehe country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Chief John Nnia Nwodo at around 5:30 am on Sunday when members of the household were getting ready for the early morning mass.
“What has been described as an Improvised Explosive Device ,IED,was said to have been hurled over the fence into the compound causing damage to the windows,the ceiling of one the houses in the compound and air conditioning units,” the statement said.
The group said that they were grateful to God that he did not suffer any loss of life in the terror attack.
“Five days before this ungodly attack ,Nwodo was the spokesman of Southern and Middle Belt Forum Leaders at a press conference in Abuja where we bemoaned the harassments that Gen T.Y Danjuma and his community have been subjected to over his call for Nigerians to defend themselves against attacks from terror herdsmen whom he alleged have collusion from security forces and operating unhinged.
“The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum therefore backed the self-defense call as lawful and moral.
“This is why we are demanding a thorough investigation whose report will be made public into the terror attack on Nwodo’s home shortly after this press conference so as to ascertain that there is no cause and effect in this incident,” it stated.
The forum said that its members are stiff worried at the intensification of terror in the land but will hold their breath until they have reports of the investigations .