Southeast Traditional Rulers, Archbishops, Bishops Ask FG To Explore  Dialogue, Negotiation In Resolving Critical Issues

Southeast Traditional Rulers, Archbishops, Bishops Ask FG To Explore  Dialogue, Negotiation In Resolving Critical Issues

The South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishopshave note with deep concern, the high level of insecurity and socio-economic disruption in the South East Zone of Nigeria.

A joint statement from the body lamented that the situation has deepened the hardships being faced by the citizens and rendered prostrate the socio-political and economic lives of people of the zone.

The statement was signed by the chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers and chairman, Ebonyi State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Charles Mkpuma, chairman, Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, their Anambra and Enugu States counterparts, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe, and Igwe L.O.C. Agubuzu, respectively and their Imo State counterpart, Eze Dr. E. C. Okeke.

Others are the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Reverend Dr. Anthony Obinna, Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Most Reverend Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma, Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, Most Reverend Dr. Chibuzo Opoko, Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Dr. Valerian Okeke, Past Principal Clerk Presbyterian Church Nigeria, Most Reverend Dr Uma Onwunta, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Obi Onubogu and Chairman, CAN, South East Zone Reverend Dr. Abraham Nwali.

They urge the Federal Government and other stakeholders to explore dialogue and negotiation in resolving critical issues that threaten national unity, cohesion and development.

The group, which also referred to their earlier request for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops, restated the call even more strongly.

While also urging President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to de-proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and release all IPOB members being held in various detention facilities across Nigeria, the group urge IPOB not to do anything that would hinder or be seen to be hindering the smooth running of the forthcoming Governorship Election in Anambra State and to cancel all scheduled sit-at-home orders, as these have already caused untold hardship for the people.

They also call on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarize the South East Zone, more so as it has become apparent that a continued military siege on the region can only lead to heightened tension, skirmishes and endless bloodletting between the security agencies and the youths.

On the part of the youths, the group noted that it has heard their cries of marginalization, injustice and longsuffering and as concerned parents, they feel their pain urging them to de-escalate the tension and remain law-abiding to enable them to engage especially the Federal Government in finding a lasting solution to the crises.

It finally ordered all the candidates in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election to eschew violence and commit to free, fair and credible election.

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