Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has disclosed that South-East gunmen will not be as unhealthy as Northern bandits, noting that they have to discover a option to discuss concerning the points at stake.
The governor made this recognized in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday, affirming the chief of the Indigenous Individuals Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu as his son.
He famous that different means other than dialogue and negotiation in resolving the present face-off between the Nigerian Authorities and the IPOB chief, Nnamdi Kanu might result in extra violence.
“We should have interaction with IPOB. Sure, we should discover a option to discuss concerning the points at stake. These individuals are not as unhealthy as those within the North-East or North-West who go to colleges and seize the entire inhabitants of lecturers and college students or invade the mosques and church buildings and kidnap all of the worshippers and no person can discover them till a ransom is paid.
“I consider that there’s some ideological sense in what these folks within the South-East are saying. There’s something to take heed to regardless that it’s prison to take up arms in opposition to the state. There’s a message they’re attempting to cross within the course of. We want confidence-building amongst ourselves somewhat than use phrases that we must always not use at the same time as leaders. Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder however the answer shouldn’t be too tough to search out.
“I regard Nnamdi Kanu as my citizen however not because the chief of IPOB as a result of I’m the governor. I’m ready to have interaction to resolve the problem. I care about his welfare and I care that he needs to be tried in a simply and truthful method.
“I’m completely satisfied that they need to deliver justice to bear by trying on the allegations in opposition to him and attempting him truthful and sq. however I’d not need him to be handled as if he was a convict when he has not been convicted. Not till in any other case, he’s nonetheless my citizen and as his father, it behoves on us to look after him after all of the prodigal son had a father.
“The state of affairs within the South-East seems as if we’re operating away from the inspiration of fixing the issue of IPOB however you need to recognise the truth that the equipment of safety lies closely on the federal authorities.
“The issue is additional compounded by the very fact that there’s a proliferation of small arms within the fingers of people that mustn’t have them. We even have an ill-equipped, insufficient and underfunded police system within the land,” he famous.
The governor additionally defined why the South-East governors are unable to cease IPOB from implementing sit-at-home orders within the area.
“In case you name governors the chief safety officers of their states they usually can not decide the variety of policemen they’ll deploy and the form of tools to make use of, then it turns into extraordinarily tough for governors to take management of safety points within the South-East. The South-East governors are handicapped however we are attempting our greatest.
“That’s the reason when IPOB offers a sit-at-home order, the governors are unable to counter successfully as a result of they don’t have management over Federal police, that are neither ample nor well-equipped to cope with safety challenges,” he added.
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