APC, PDP, ACF, Others Call for Calm, Restraint in S’East

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Okezie Ikpeazu
  •  Police sergeant killed, 32 IPOB members arrested in Rivers
  • Kanu cancels meeting with govs, curfew extended in Abia

Our Correspondents

Following the violent clashes this week between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers States, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), among others, have called for calm and admonished all parties to exercise restraint.

However, further bloody skirmishes were recorded in Oyigbo, Rivers State Wednesday, leading to the death of a police sergeant and arrest of 32 IPOB agitators.

But in a bid to forestall a further breakdown of law and order in the neighbouring city of Aba in Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu extended a dusk to dawn curfew, which he imposed on the commercial nerve centre of the state on Tuesday to Friday.

In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC, while calling for restraint, equally expressed regret over the incident at the NUJ Secretariat in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, where journalists were assaulted by armed soldiers and their phones and other electronic devices destroyed on Tuesday.

APC, in the statement, further stressed that the security agencies must adhere to globally stipulated rules of engagements and laws governing their operations.

“We must allow our security agencies to conduct their constitutional roles of securing lives and property without hindrance and provocation.

“We also call on citizens, social commentators, media influencers and other stakeholders to be careful and mindful of their utterances on the clashes.

“Stoking tensions by inciting utterances, hate speech and all other forms of awful propaganda will only push the country to the precipice.

“When we see the devastation of the country’s North-east by Boko Haram, the 1966 Nigerian Civil War and similar conflicts in other countries, we are reminded of the effects of internal strife.
“We must not yield to elements beating the drumbeats of war. We owe the peace and unity of our dear country to the present and unborn generations.

“We must speak and stand up for peaceful coexistence on our social media platforms, places of worship and all other public spaces we belong to,” APC said.

The party reiterated its belief in a united Nigeria.

In its reaction to the situation in Abia, the opposition PDP also sued for caution and restraint in the handling the conflict that has erupted in the state between the military and elements of the IPOB.

PDP noted that while it was committed to the continued corporate existence of Nigeria as one indivisible country, it at the same time expressed its respect for the rights of people anywhere to express their yearnings and aspirations within the confines of the laws of the land.

A statement by PDP spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, stated that at a time that “tempers seem to be flaring, dialogue rather than violence is the only viable option to resolve whatever problems are on ground in the South-east zone and indeed the entire country”.

It said at this critical juncture when the nation is grappling with numerous challenges in virtually all facets, Nigeria can ill-afford a further descent into anarchy in any of its constituent parts.

“What the country needs at this time is an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, without which no meaningful positive development in whatever sector can be attained, and the situation unfolding in the South-east, which is a very important component of the Nigerian family, is no doubt, inimical to our collective quest to take Nigeria higher.

“It is therefore in our enlightened interest as a people and as a nation, to rise up to this challenge intelligently without undue egotism and with the best interest of the country at heart,” it said.
The party expressed the view that the situation was a family squabble which the country should be able to deal with without unnecessary bloodshed.

It also reminded both the federal government and the IPOB that a sit-down had become inevitable.

While acknowledging its constitutional mandate of ensuring the protection of the territorial integrity of the country, PDP appealed to the federal government to deploy constructive engagement, involving effective and efficient communication strategies that would allay all fears as well as assure all component parts of Nigeria of their assured place in the national scheme of things.

It also appealed to IPOB and its leadership to reciprocate such gesture where and when offered, reminding them that their continued recalcitrance would achieve nothing other than subjecting people of their area to untold hardship and harm.

The PDP also commended the government of Abia State for the mature way it has handled the delicate situation and urged people of the state to continue to support and cooperate with it.
On its part, the ACF also called for calm and commended Ikpeazu for imposing a dusk to dawn curfew on Aba, following the clash between supporters of IPOB and the Nigerian Army.

In a statement in Kaduna Wednesday, the publicity secretary of ACF, Mohammed Ibrahim Biu, said IPOB supporters and other agitators for whatever reason should pursue their cause within the confines of the law.
The statement read: “The attention of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been drawn to the alleged reported clashes between troops of the Nigerian Army while on Operation Python Dance II and members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba, Abia State.

“ACF commends the prompt intervention of the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who has imposed a three day dusk to dawn curfew on Aba town in order to douse the tension and bring the situation under control.

“With the dusk to dawn curfew in place, the military and other security agencies should ensure that peace and harmony in the areas affected are not only restored but sustained.

“ACF also commends the efforts of the South-east Governors’ Forum for setting up a probe committee to investigate the clash in order to unravel its remote causes and to proffer an enduring solution to such problems.

“Identified perpetrators of the crisis should be made to face the wrath of the law in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

“In this regard, ACF urges the governors of the South-east and South-south regions to take adequate and necessary steps to protect the lives and properties of the innocent and law abiding citizens living in their states.

“ACF appeals to members of IPOB and other agitators for whatever cause, to always pursue their concerns within the confines of the law and the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

“Furthermore, ACF wishes to praise the military for their professionalism in handling the security challenges and calls on the federal government to be firm and resolute in bringing such situations under control in favor of peaceful coexistence needed for meaningful socioeconomic development.

“We therefore appeal for calm and urge citizens to appreciate the need to live in peace and harmony.”
Also towing the same path of the ACF, a Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) in Kano Wednesday called on Northerners to resist anything that would lead to unnecessary provocation and that could lead to reprisals over the unfolding events in the South-east.

The group, which was reacting to reports that some Northerners resident in Oyigbo were molested and had to seek the protection of the police, called for calm and for Northerners to be law abiding.

Addressing journalists at the Kano Press Centre over the unfortunate situation in Abia, the spokesman of the group, Mr. Abdulazeez Suleiman, in the company of the chairman and co-chairman Ashir Shariff and Shetima Yerima, said: “As cultured people with a long history of tolerance and respect for constituted authority, we call on Northerners to resist the temptation of carrying out reprisals and playing to the gallery.”

Suleiman added that “Northerners, in line with their disciplined nature, must refuse at this point to be dragged into taking the law into their hands through unnecessary and unproductive confrontation with members of any sectional, ethnic or religious group”.

“We must remain peacefully focused, mutually respectful, trusting and tolerant as we repose confidence in the ability and committed willingness of the Nigerian security agencies to handle the situation as well as protect the lives and properties of every Nigerian anywhere,” Suleiman said.

According to him, “In this situation, it is essential that the North and Northerners remain restrained and refuse to be provoked into reprisals which is the ultimate hope of the conflict instigators.”

The group said that their struggle will continue to remain intellectual, precautionary and essentially non-violent, pointing out that the agitation for separation and cry for Biafra in the South-east by the agitators, supported by politicians in order for them be heard louder, shall be resisted.

They further said that they were prepared to “set out an immediate circuit to all the 19 Northern states to prepare and sensitise the Northern people on the need for calm and peaceful approach to the various positions and scenarios as regard to the unfolding situation in the country”.

The group, however, accused IPOB of making the country ungovernable for President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to it, “The agitations and disturbances that have been ongoing ceaselessly since the coming to power of the Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo administration in 2015, are aimed at rendering the country practically ungovernable and ushering in anarchy and instability, thereby occasioning a change of government by whatever means and tactics.
“The targeting of President Buhari’s administration and singling him for attacks and irreverent treatment is aimed at causing inter-regional crisis possibly leading to general unrest.”

They added that the resurgence of separatist agitations, especially the violent brand by IPOB and its ilk in the South-east represents a much wider conspiracy to divide Nigeria along ethnic and religious fault lines as well as achieve the balkanisation of the North.

“The current IPOB brand of agitation is a strategy employed to achieve the results that the coupist of the First Republic failed to realise, namely, increase the weight and relevance of the regions to the detriment and expense of the central government.

“Our stand on the current situation in Nigeria is that we will not fall to that instigation to allow a possible foreigner or a mad man to plunge us into this unnecessary madness.
“We therefore will dedicate efforts at creating the right conditions for peaceful negotiations with other peace loving groups in every situation on the political dispensation that should emerge now or in the future,” the group added.

Also weighing in on the issue, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, called on the federal government to urgently investigate the unfortunate skirmishes in the South-eastern part of the country.

Speaking while receiving the leadership of Coalition of Northern Groups at the Government House, Kano, he urged the federal government to also punish those disrupting the peace.

Ganduje told the group Wednesday: “I am not surprised at your efforts because you have been and continue to demonstrate that your group believes in one Nigeria and also your disposition in the belief of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to stabilise the nation.
“I consider the incident as very unfortunate and I commend your efforts to douse tensions, which I describe as patriotic.”

Ganduje expressed satisfaction that the situation had been brought under control by the security forces in the troubled areas of the South-east.
He maintained that if the perpetrators of the skirmishes in Oyigbo were not brought to book, it would continue to happen.

House Caucus Wants End of Militarisation

Towing a different path, the South-east caucus of the House of Representatives Wednesday condemned what it described as the military’s show of force in the South-east region.
In its reaction to the crisis in Abia State, it called for a de-escalation of “internal military operations” in the state as well as the South-east in general and urged “our brothers and sisters at home to remain civil and law abiding”.

The group further threw its weight behind the setting up of a seven-man committee by the South-east governors to investigate the causes of the current conflict in the state.

The lawmakers, in a statement signed by the leader of the caucus who is also the Deputy Minority Leader in the House, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, said: “While we appreciate the right to discharge the core duties of the Nigeria Armed Forces as spelt out under Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution, there is no gainsaying that internal military operations can only be conducted without doing violence to the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights of citizens.

“To conduct operations that frighten, maim or lead to the loss of lives of citizens and property are clearly unjustifiable and an offence to our democracy and the rule of law.”
The House caucus called for restraint and appealed to the federal government to end the militarisation of the South-east.

NHRC: Army Must Respect Human Rights

Also joining the fray Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called on the military to desist from any acts capable of causing tension, public disturbance, fear and a sense of insecurity in the country.

A statement issued by NHRC’s Head of Media Relations, Mrs. Fatimah Agwai Mohammad, said the commission was highly concerned about the alleged invasion of parts of the South-east and South-south by the military.

It called on the military to observe the rules of engagement when dealing with civilians.
The commission also asked the military to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens.

The statement quoted the acting executive secretary of the NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, as calling on both civilians and the security agencies to maintain the peace.

Ovrawah said the commission would collaborate with the Nigerian Police and other relevant authorities to “ensure a timely and thorough investigations into the allegations with a view to ensuring that informed decisions are made and appropriate steps taken to have culprits punished and victims redressed in accordance with the law”.
The commission commended the government of Abia for the steps taken so far to forestall a further breakdown of law and order, saying that it was important to reinforce people’s confidence in the ability of government to protect them.
The commission called on the military to leverage on the series of training the commission had offered it on mainstreaming human rights into its operations, especially with the emerging human rights challenges, adding that “they are expected to carry out their duties according to international best practices”.

Police Sergeant Killed

But despite the calls for restraint, the Rivers State Police Command announced Wednesday that a police sergeant attached to the riot police squad at Oyigbo junction in Rivers State was killed by a mob suspected to be members of the IPOB, just as the command also arrested 32 members of the separatist group.

Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, said irate members of IPOB set ablaze a patrol van stationed at Oyigbo junction and took away a Sterling SMG rifle belonging to the slain policeman during an attack early Wednesday.

Ahmed added that 23 IPOB members were arrested on Tuesday following the first attack and setting ablaze a police van that was moving from Police Training School, Nonwa to the Port Harcourt International Airport, while the driver of the vehicle, Inspector Emaikwu Ochochi, was badly injured.

The police commissioner said the hoodlums carted away from the police van, one AK-47 riffle with 60 rounds of live ammunition and one Berretta pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition.

He said: “I have called you to address you on the sad event of yesterday, 12/09/2017 at about 1400hours where members of the Indigenous People of Biafra without lawful authority blocked the entire Aba-Port Harcourt expressway and attacked some residents.

“The said group who had no justification for their actin also attacked a police van from Training School, Nonwa en route Port Harcourt International Airport and burnt the police van to ashes. The driver, Inspector Emaikwu Ochochi was badly injured and is now on admission.

“They also carted away one AK-47 rifle with sixty rounds of live ammunition, and one Berretta pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition. At the end of the rampage, many vehicles were damaged and stores burnt.
“The timely response of the police restored normalcy and brought the situation under control as I made adequate deployment to arrest the situation. The mob was dispersed with minimum force, thereby restoring law and order, at the end of which 23 IPOB members were arrested.

“However, the command was awaken to yet another said incident today (yesterday) at about 0010 hours, where the same daredevil IPOB members regrouped and launched a surprise attack on the mobile policemen stationed at Oyigbo junction, killing a police sergeant identified as Sgt. Steven Daniel attached to 19 PMF, injuring two and setting a patrol vehicle ablaze as a result of which a Sterling SMG rifle belonging to the deceased sergeant was taken by the hoodlums.

“They were however repelled by the police, where about nine of them were arrested bringing the total number of suspects arrested to 32. They are helping us with investigations and will be arraigned in court as soon as our investigation is concluded.”

Curfew Extended

With skirmishes yet to abate in neighbouring Oyigbo, the Abia State governor took the precaution Wednesday to extend the three-day curfew he imposed on Aba Tuesday to Friday.
A statement from the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr. Enyinnaya Appolos, after a meeting between Ikpeazu and traditional rulers in the state, said: “The governor wishes to advise residents and visitors to fully co-operate with the security agencies to ensure continuing maintenance of law and order within the commercial city and environs.”
Ikpeazu was also quoted to have expressed “displeasure at the situation where people are compelled to raise their hands while passing through security checkpoints”.
He therefore called on the security forces and “all concerned to ensure that such acts and other forms of inhumane and barbaric treatment of people are discontinued immediately”.

Kanu Cancels Meeting

Meanwhile, the Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has cancelled his meeting with the South-east governors scheduled for Friday.
Kanu, in a press statement Wednesday, said he had changed his mind and decided to refrain from attending the meeting which was to take place in Enugu, saying his reason was predicated on the recent attack on his members by military personnel and the alleged plan to assassinate him on his way to the meeting.

He added that he was attending to members of his group who were shot by soldiers in Aba and Umuahia and that the date also coincided with the date IPOB had slated to meet in Germany to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing the struggle in a non-violent manner.

According to him, “Before now, prominent leaders and groups had insisted that I tow the line of peaceful dialogue and meet with the governors to find a lasting solution to our grievances.

“I conceded to that request which led to the 30th of August 2017 meeting with the South-east Governors’ Forum at the Government House in Enugu, in the company of the very eminent Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist Elliott Ugochukwu-Ukoh.

“In view of the concerted efforts by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquility of the South-east and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-east governors as earlier agreed.”
Kanu said it would be impossible to engage in any meaningful dialogue with the governors in the midst of so much bloodshed, abductions and military siege of towns and villages in the South-east, and that he would not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is conducive and peaceful for further dialogue.

He said the siren-blaring military convoys and armoured vehicles occupying the entire region were not only designed to intimidate the people but also deliberately positioned to scuttle the IPOB/South-east governors meeting on Friday.

The IPOB leader thanked all men and women of good conscience from all over the world that had condemned what he described as the “barbaric slaughter of innocent Biafrans by the Nigerian military”.

He also thanked IPOB members for remaining resolute and dedicated to the shared vision of freedom “regardless of the cost and visionless antics of the mindless oppressor”.

Irrespective of Kanu’s decision to boycott the meeting, THISDAY gathered that the South-east governors intend to go ahead with their meeting in Enugu, as Kanu was not the primary reason for the meeting.

Chief Emma Uzor, Chief Press Secretary to the Ebonyi State governor, told THISDAY that the Friday meeting was a routine meeting of the forum, and was not entirely convened because of Kanu and might go on as scheduled.

  • Arabakpura

    We all seem to have forgotten that we still operate a democracy and not a military regime!

  • anthony oguejiofor

    Its funny. Its becoming obvious that Buhari vowed to exterminate Igbos because we did not vote for him. Read up his outburst on the 5%/97% dividends. If Buhari were a good leader with fair mind, this IPOB would have been managed out with tact and better restraints. For every outburst by IPOB, his attitude has been ‘lets see who is the commander in chief. Leaders are known to be conflict managers and being a democratic leader is all about building consensus. Buhari got none of these qualities and his only solution to resolving conflict is to resort to deploying boots. This is laughable and shows how incompetent our govt is. You don’t deploy boots against your own people, Mr. President. Recall soldiers back to the barracks and we don’t only want to hear you talk about peace, we want to see you acting in a way that engenders peace by dealing with all sections of the country in a fair manner. The greatest tragedy of leadership is for a leader to look back and see that no one is following.

  • Iggy

    Suggestions and solutions please! Win – win way forward for everyone is key

  • henry price

    comrades are citizen of Nigeria willing to try court actions to resolve differences with government or is it condition where they believe their grievance will only be resolved by violently confronting military. It appear problem is not military but a lack of trust in courts thus, focus in these grievances should be at courts of Nigeria. However, there need be security plus order while grievances undergo courts processes. Tolerance of fellow Buntu irregardless of their position in this matter is essential in order for us to reach equitable outcome. Anything less is a promotion of anarchy by one or more groups. Anarchy in Africa do not end at equitable solution, anarchy end at oppression to establish order. Please do right thing? Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.

  • AriseNigeria

    “OCCUPY NIGERIAN EMBASSIES & MISSIONS WORLD-WIDE ON OCTOBER 1, 2017”

    The prevailing good news today is that there is a concerted campaign going on right now to mobilize all Igbos., all Biafrans, and all lovers of freedom to occupy all Nigerian EMBASSIES and MISSIONS WORLD-WIDE ON OCTOBER 1 2017, a symbolic day that the so called Nigerian got its independence. The war of impunity against Igbos, by the Islamist militant government of BUHARI must be placed and put on notice that his atrocities against Igbo will not go unchallenged. Whether you live in Europe, Canada, America, Ghana or Israel, wherever this ZOO, nation have a mission should be OCCUPIED ON OCTOBER 1, 2017. We send a bigger message to the maniac that this is not 1967, and show him what twenty first century looks like. Arise for our enemy is now on our gates with slaughter knives, your family, your kindreds. yourself and children will not be safe. Insensitivity encourages and empowers tyrants, Igbos, it is time to Arise. Please share with all your contacts. OCCUPY NIGERIAN EMBASSIES & MISSIONS WORLD-WIDE ON OCTOBER 1, 2017, TO STOP THE ONGOING GENOCIDE IN BIAFRAN LAND.

    • Iggy

      What is the way forward ? Solutions please

  • Tayo Muraino

    Buhari has given Nnamdi Kanu the greatest publicity by his actions and inactions

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  • lord vuga

    It is very clear now that there is no difference between the ibos and the hausas. Hausas go on rampage because of the slightest silliest excuse and kill innocent folks. Ibos too have gone on rampage to kill innocent folks because soldiers ( who by the way comprises of hausa , yoruba ,ibo and other ethnicities) went to arrest kanu who violated his bail conditions.
    The hausas the ibos kill here are folks who are beggars ,hawkers or gatemen with no investments and little or no family attachments. Hausas may retaliate tomorrow , but they would be killing ibos in the north who have huge investments and families there and some of them are even supporting folks in their villages in the east from their earnings in the north. You can see how wise the ibos are .
    Kanu and his sponsors are sacrificing the lives of fools and innocent folks for their selfish agenda which has nothing to do with nationalism or nepotism.
    The govt made a very big mistake by releasing him and even allowing the charade to get this far. Technologies exist that could have silenced his radio jargon 3 years ago. What started as a pimple is now festering into a cancer. It seems we havent learnt any lesson from boko haram.
    He is simply feeding on the ignorance and frustration of the hungry misguided youths in the east who are so myopic to see that their problems are their own people not the north or any other tribe.
    The press also helped to create him , in their quest for sensationalism.

    • Uche

      If you have nothing constructive to say, just remain silent!

  • metamopholis01

    Nigeria stop deceiving your people. What goes around comes around. Arewa, Fulani / Hausa cannot dominate the rest for ever. Thirty years ago, no one from the Ibo land can mute a word. The trend is changing

    • Smt Jal

      Don’t be in a hurry!!! They will still go back soonest. Arewa, Fulani / Hausa has never dominate the rest but your hatred and so will you continue to remain till the last day of life.

      • kenn

        A curse that has no cause shall not come. Switch roles with the Igbos and then tell me how you feel if you were at the receiving end.

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      Well said.

  • Sarah

    The sundry pleas of patriotic stakeholders in the Nigeria Project is appreciated.
    Nonetheless it should be clear Kanu/Ipob brought the current state of anguish, pain & deaths on the people of Umuahia & Oyigbo.
    Baseline: Kanu, a criminal secessionist is currently on ‘medical bail’, trial for his crime resumes October. Meanwhile he has repeatedly violated the terms of the bail he agreed to fulfill before release, threatened to kill ex-president Obasanjo and his family and created an illegal BSS.
    WAY FORWARD: Our Army must continue to project the ability and willingness of the Sovereign (FGN) to crush any criminal secessionist group, especially at the doorstep of the criminals.
    Kanu MUST be re-arrested by 15 September or soonest thereafter.
    SE governors must seek federal resources to impose order or face possible declaration of States of emergency.

    • Don Franco

      Dear Sarah,

      Merchant of death; how market? This entire forum is still awaiting your reply to Grelia O”s response from your invective post yesterday. I can bet anything you lack the intellectual capital to hazard any logical answers to him.

    • sylvok

      nonsense, what the military is doing is nothing short of state sponsored terrorism supported by mindless people. IPOB has remain peaceful and had never bear arms. Their demonstrations have been peaceful the invasion of SouthEast by the military triggered the violence response, Your army is only on unconstitutional endeavor, it is only a knocked head like you will support this mindless endeavor in the name of keeping Nigeria non existent unity.

    • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

      Sarah,
      Sadly in Nigeria, we do not understand that in civilised countries, the armed forces, submit themselves to civil authority and from your statement that the CDS should visit Buhari and tell him what his choices are including which one he must select, suggest to me that you too are not privy to how democracies should work.
      Whatever you think of Kanu (and I do not think much of him) we are very quickly turning him into a freedom fighter. The Nigerian army is at its best when its guns are turned on fellow Nigerians. And they are at it again.
      No country survives two civil wars and this one won’t be like the last one, where people were still going to parties in Lagos. This one will consume all of us. So you should stop heating up the situation by advocating what you think is a strong government response when in fact you are advising folly.
      The mature and the strong is not the one who shoots first.
      I do not know how old you are, but from reading your posts, you should know that an armed response against an idea never works.
      I am saddened by your posts

      • Sarah

        Michael,
        It would appear that you are not reading the situation on the ground correctly.
        Kanu/Ipob/BSS are waging a war against the Nigerian state that is as deadly as Boko Haram. The only reason they are NOT YET bearing arms is because Igbo in diaspora denied them funds. Just today Rivers police commissioner reported role Ipob stole a rifle and a pistol in addition to killing a Police staff. This is exactly what Boko Haram at their early stage.
        Your claim that no nation fights 2 civil wars and survives is a myth. Nigeria fought and won in 1967/70. More recently Jonathan’s administration admitted to the world that the NE situation was a full blown civil war.
        The CDS is Buhari’s top military adviser and he should be frank with his boss. As things stand there is NO route forward without additional bloodshed (Mark My Words!). Buhari’s options now are either a dithering route or a swift route. Both will incur loss of lives, but the latter will incur less than the former.

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          Dear Sarah,
          We really ought to separate the gravy from the meal.
          IPOB is no different from Boko Haram? Really? Whatever IPOB’s ambitions are, today, they are a loud agitator for self rule.
          Buhari will not be learning any lessons from history if he seeks to do what is natural to him and attack a defenceless and armless agitator for self rule. Because the Nigerian Army in their usual indiscipline, will ethnically cleanse huge swaths of the east – most that die will be the innocent. Is that what we are prescribing to deal with a the loud and uncouth Kanu? If Kanu calls for a strike against the elections in Anambra and the call is successful, will you go and arrest him for telling people not to vote? When you apply arms against a loud and armless agitation, you should become a person of interest to the Courts in the Hague.
          People keep talking about Kanu breaking the bail conditions. The federal government as it now routinely does, ignored several court orders to free Kanu. If the Presidency in the land ignores court orders, what are you saying to the people?
          Deploying tanks and army personnel to residential streets in a show of force designed to intimidate IPOB is terrorism. Check out the definition in the dictionary and you will see that what the army did was a form of terrorism.
          More discerning minds from all junctions of the political divide are intimating on Buhari to be a real leader and take off his military garb,and his them vs us attitude.
          Honestly speaking, I consider this President more disruptive to the integrity and future of this country than I considered Kanu – well…. until this inexplicable and desperate need by Buhari to make him into a freedom fighter hero.

    • Arabakpura

      Everybody is now praying for Buhari to return to wherever he is coming from!

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  • ik

    Why SE? North govs dialogue with Arewa youth group and PMB doesn’t want SE govs to do the same to IPOB leaders. The world is a global village they watches PMB against igbos nation.
    Why sending soldiers to SE? Is SE under crisis have you heard any person killed by IPOB. The answer is NO.
    PMB try to push IPOB into arms carry in other to kills innocent igbos nation.
    Nnamdi kanu is fighting for the fairness, equity, total freedom and non selective of justice. He never carried arms against FG.
    PMB pls put your military energy into Boko haram, hersmen, true federalism, badoo cults, and other social verses.
    Light is truth which you can not hind.

    • lord vuga

      Boko haram declared a caliphate , were they not fought and crushed with the world applauding. All they asked for was self determination to practise their religion and be governed how they want seperate from the rest. How is ipob different? They are now killing police and taking their weapons , and killing innocent folks because they arent ibos ,the same things boko haram did killing non muslims. Sp shouldnt they be termed terrorists now ?
      Didnt shekau claim to be fighting for justice ,equity and fairness?

      • sylvok

        Bokoharam declared it with arms, IPOB has not declared yet but called for referendum which is the rightful way. stop sentiments and reason like human.

        • lord vuga

          What happens when they lose the referendum? Why there is no talk of referendum by the govt is because u dont dignify a fool by an answer.