Some Nigerians have taken to twitter to show support and identify with the Igbo following threats by President Muhammadu Buhari to deal decisively with people from the Southeast region that are agitating for secession.
Calls for secession in the Southeast region gained momentum with Buhari’s obvious disregard for federal character as enshrined in the constitution.
Buhari infamously said his administration would not treat the Igbo equally because he secured the least number of votes from the region during the 2015 general elections.
The President has also failed to take decisive action against marauding Fulani herdsmen in the Southern parts of the country.
In an address on Tuesday, Buhari threatened to repeat massive military action against people of the Southeast just like the government did during the civil war that lasted for 30 months.
Buhari had tweeted, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Following public condemnation, social media giant, Twitter, deleted the controversial post on Wednesday.
The perceived anti-Igbo stand of the president led to many twitter users identifying with people of the region.
See tweets below:
Proudly Igbo from Anambra state, Nnewi North LGA! This is my identity.
Join us in solidarity #IamIgboToo
— Samuel Mbah (@Mbahdeyforyou) June 2, 2021
Let love defeat hate!! ♥️🇳🇬
— Yung denzL (@MI_Abaga) June 2, 2021
To my brother @thisisAQ to @BlaqBonez to @kelechiamadiobi @Nobsdaslushhkid @chidinmaekile @DONJAZZY @2niteFlavour @phynofino and all the amazing Igbo people that make our wonderful country what it is!!!! We love you!!! We stand with you… #IamIgboToo #Ozoemena
— Yung denzL (@MI_Abaga) June 2, 2021
I served in Enugu state and it was one of the best moments of my life. The indigenous people were some of the kindest people I ever met. I’m also blessed with fans who are also Igbo and have some of the most beautiful hearts. #IamIgboToo #ozoemena
— Johnny Drille (@Johnnydrille) June 2, 2021
I have many Igbo friends and colleagues. They love me and I love them too ❤ #IamIgboToo
— son_of_balogun🇳🇬🇺🇸🇬🇭🇯🇲🇧🇷 (@dullahkrix) June 2, 2021
— Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) June 2, 2021
I love my Igbo friends
I support Igbo people
Thanks to the Igbos for their contribution to our Economy
We hear you loud and clear, and we would always support you.
Igbo Amaka ❤️❤️❤️#IamIgboToo
— Sally Suleiman (@is_salsu) June 2, 2021
I am from Akwa ibom and #IamIgbotoo . The love of my life is Igbo. So many cool people that I follow and follow me on this app are igbo. They are highly culturally conscious, intelligent, entrepreneurial and hardworking. I stand with them.
— Babeto 💐 (@faithomino) June 2, 2021
To my bestfriends turn sisters, winnifred and chinwe, I stand by you guys and every igbo brothers and sisters out there 🥰#IamIgboToo
— Bukky (@datLeiagirl) June 2, 2021
Standing in solidarity with my Igbo brothers and sisters, I call for a de-escalation of the carnage going on in South East Nigeria, dialogue, and common sense solutions. These are better alternatives to militarisation by the FG & violence by unknown gunmen. #IamIgboToo #Ozoemena
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé, FHEA (@OgbeniDipo) June 2, 2021
That same energy we used in supporting them whenever they’re representing Nigeria both home and aboard. Let’s deploy that same energy to support their origin, their tribe and where they’re from. They need the solidarity now more than ever.
— Akanni Of Lagos 🐺 (@2muchAkanni) June 2, 2021
— Tyrone 🇳🇬 (@david_kozah) June 2, 2021
I just tried Oha soup that contains snail, stock fish & assorted meat.
Ladies & gentlemen, I'm not renouncing Odùduwà but incase Nigeria breaks tomorrow, my name is now Tobechukwu Alexander Chibuzor from Abia, because what in the name of delicious soup is this?#IamIgboToo
— Alex Oluwatobi (@alexlobaloba) June 2, 2021
For Akudo, for Milly, for Chukwuma, for my cousins who are half Tiv and Igbo, for Odera, for Oluchi, for Blessing, for Amanda, for every Igbo person out there- friend or stranger- I will continue to speak truth to power. #IamIgboToo
— Andrea (@Vahnehn) June 2, 2021