President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has expressed displeasure on the use of force, intimidation, and violence in crisis in Orsu in Orlu zone of Imo State, adding that it will amount to national catastrophe.
“The use of the violent method will lead to a synchronised national crisis and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria; this too must be avoided”.
Obiozor, who spoke on Monday when his team visited the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, said those who preached or preferred military solution to Nigeria’s problem were equally a threat to Nigeria’s unity as those enemies they were fighting.
He said, “Nigeria is in a precarious situation and a great caution must be taken by the leadership to avoid events that have the capacity of incrementally aggravating or opening more threats of national crisis.”
He stated that insecurity in the country was real and should be treated as a matter of national emergency.
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Obiozor, however, thanked the South-East traditional leaders for their role in maintaining peace in the zone, adding that the Orlu senatorial zone was relatively the most peaceful in the country.
Reacting, Eze Okeke, who is the Chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers thanked God that peace had eventually returned to Orlu.
He said that the recent crisis between the Eastern Security Network of Indigenous People of Biafra and the military started from the EndSARS riot.
The monarch said, “It is surprising to people that this crisis is happening in Orsu in Orlu zone. It should have taken place in the bush instead of the town. We don’t want war but peace.”
Deby’s death’ll create vacuum in fight against Boko Haram, ISWAP -Buhari
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday described death of President Idriss Deby of Chad as a big blow to the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State in West Africa Province.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari: Idriss Deby was a gallant leader.’
Shehu quoted the President as saying that “the death of Deby will surely create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province.”
He said Buhari is sad over Deby’s sudden and tragic death on the front line, fighting against rebel soldiers.
“I’m deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battle front to defend the sovereignty of his country.
“The late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists,” he further quoted the President as saying.
According to the statement, Buhari described the late Chadian leader “as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our African neighbours, particularly Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.”
While condoling with the people of Chad and their new leader, President Buhari called for greater collaboration to defeat the terrorists.
Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma
The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that the newly formed Ebube Agu security outfit for the South-East region is not an alternative to the police, army and other federal government established security outfits.
The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that Ebube Agu is but “a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.”
He identified youth unemployment and ethnic mistrust as the main root of criminality in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
The statement identified idleness as the reason fueling criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.
The statement identified the governor as saying “his Government is working assiduously to resuscitate the state moribund industries in Imo by entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a seasoned private consulting firm, for the purpose of providing jobs for the Imo teeming youths to keep them away from crime.
“On the birth of security outfit for the South-East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.
“They are to play complimentary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.
“Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South-East recently do not in anyway suggest that Ndigbo are tired of been in Nigeria. Rather, all we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigeria family.”
Nobody can intimidate, bully Buhari to break Nigeria -Presidency
The Presidency has declared that nobody or a group in Nigeria can intimidate or bully the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to accept the demands by secessionists.
It also stated that the President will not pay those demanding dissolution of the country to end their agitations.
According to the Presidency, calls for secession have always been used to force the previous governments into paying agitators to cease fire.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress after attending an event organised by the APC Professional Forum.
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Shehu said, “The first one is about the unity of this country and the calls for secession, and they said the presidency is not talking; the presidency has been talking and our position is clearly that this country is one and is united, and by the grace of God will continue to be united.
“One thing with this President – and the National Secretary (of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC) has said a bit of that; you can’t intimidate Buhari. You can’t bully him.
“A lot of these people who are calling for secessions; they are the problem of this country. And I am happy that reasonable opinions, reasonable voices are now rising. Is it not only yesterday that we are reading Afenifere – the most credible faction of Afenifere – saying ‘we’re not for secession’? The Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo have said this over and over again.
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