• As Group, CAN, decry killings and arrest of Igbo youths by security operatives
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The Federal Government has been urged to grant the South-East their quest to pull out of Nigeria if their support for secession is widespread and have the backings of their leaders.
Giving the advice, the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), said that political leaders in the region seemed to have submitted to violence and terror of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to the Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who stated this, yesterday, at a press conference in Abuja after a closed-door meeting of the forum, said;
“The forum has arrived at the difficult conclusion that if support for secession among the Igbo is as widespread as it is being made to look, and Igbo leadership appears to be in support of it, then the country should be advised not to stand in their way.
“It will not be the best choice for the Igbo or Nigerians to leave a country we have all toiled to build and a country we all have responsibility to fix, but it will not help a country already burdened with failures on its knees to fight another war to keep the Igbo in Nigeria.”
Similarly, following the alleged indiscriminate arrests and killings of South-East youths by security operatives, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South-East chapter has condemned the ongoing carnage.
According to its Chairman, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor, in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu, said the Christian group was not happy with the silence of the South-East governors over what he called the excesses of security operatives in the zone.
Okafor, who lamented that no day passes now without one form of report or the other on the arrest and killing of innocent youths by security agents who claim to be hunting for unknown gunmen, urged the South-East governors to commence total implementation of the ban on open-grazing, stressing that “despite the Asaba Declaration, cattle are still grazing openly in every part of the South-East. The governors should stop barking without biting.”
In the same vein. a South-East-based pro-democracy group, under the aegis of Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development (FENRAD), has lamented what it called militarisation of the zone.
A statement, yesterday, and jointly signed by the Executive Director, Nelson Nnanna Nwafor and Head Legal Team, Olusegun Bamgbose, said the alleged case of such extra-judicial killings by either the military or the separatist group was unacceptable and against the human rights protocol.
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