- The Eastern Region used to be one of the most peaceful regions in Nigerian before Buhari led government arrived
- Suspicions of foreign collusions remain rife
Chris Nkwonta, a member of the House of Representatives from Ukwa East and West Federal Constituency of Abia State, has urged President Bola Tinubu to consider releasing Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a means to restore peace in the South East. This call was made during an official visit to Zaria Constituency, Kaduna State, led by Speaker Tajudeen Abbas, with Nkwonta being one of the 70 representatives present.
Nkwonta believes that Kanu’s release could significantly decrease, if not entirely stamp out, the rising insecurity and violence plaguing the region. He stated that the security situation is such that even government officials require the presence of armed security personnel when returning home.
However, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has expressed a contrasting view, urging the Federal Government to reject any calls for the release of Kanu. Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Sulaiman, the CNG spokesman, cited the recent enforcement of an unauthorized sit-at-home order and the consequent effects on minorities in South-Eastern communities as reasons for their stance.
The CNG called on President Tinubu to continue Kanu’s prosecution and not to succumb to the perceived blackmail from the Igbo community, insisting that Kanu’s release should not be considered a prerequisite for peace in Nigeria. The group also emphasized that the course of justice should not be hampered by regional leaders.
With a recent report of the Nigerian Army arresting a Ghanaian national Eric Seworvor and a Nigerian from Ogun state Lukman Sani both driving a truckload of ammunitons to Anambra from Mali, observers believe it is now a matter of urgency for Nigerians of all works of life, particularly the youths and those in the southern and middle belt regions, to unite with one voice politically, synergise on all levels with a goal to becoming the positive powerful force that protects Nigeria from currupt questionable characters looking to steal power
SOURCE: The Guardian, ioinews, Online
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