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Comply with rule of law, South East senators tell Kanu, IPOB

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, George Opara and Segun Olaniyi, Abuja
24 August 2017   |   4:07 am
The South East Senate Caucus has again engaged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and members against the backdrop of rising tension in the country.


• HURIWA caution military on crushing IPOB
The South East Senate Caucus has again engaged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and members against the backdrop of rising tension in the country.

Chairman of the caucus, Enyinnaya Abaribe while dissociating the federal lawmakers from their activities, advised Kanu, leader of the separatist movement to conform to the laws of the land.

He told them to eschew any activities capable of breaching peace and causing tension in the country.

After a meeting with Kanu in his Ohuru, Obingwa country home, Abaribe remarked that there is a consensus that all Nigerians desire unity and a peaceful co-existence where equity and fairness is entrenched without any group or region being treated as second-class citizens.

The senator also pledged that the caucus will always support and work assiduously for a united Nigeria.

He emphasized that the caucus demand total restructuring of the country and devolution of powers in such manner that would free the feeling of despondency, injustice and almost rejection within the Nigeria state, which to “us is the way to go and for we think is the crux of the rising agitation in the land.”

“I thank Kanu for assuring to conduct his members in a peaceful manner and within the ambit of the law. This engagement is a continuous process that will lead us to find a lasting solution to whatever grievances that necessitated the agitations in Nigeria.”

Kanu in his remarks also assured that IPOB will remain non-violent in their agitation and promised not to have any self-permission from the mutual understanding and agreement

The IPOB leader, however, said the group would remain steadfast in its demands for a fair and just society, which according to him is the spirit behind the agitation for Biafra through a referendum.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has cautioned the military not to unleash bloodshed against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in the guise of attempting to crush them.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday directed the military chiefs to immediately tame threats to the peace and unity of the nation.

In a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf in Abuja, HURIWA also accused Buhari of brazen double standards by his plot to go after the Biafra Security Services even when his administration is aware that sections 214(1) and 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria outlaws such contraption like the Hisba/Islamic police currently operating in Kano and Sokoto states.

He faulted the presidency for comparing the Boko Haram terrorists group to IPOB, which is purely a non-violent and self-determination campaign platform.

HURIWA lamented that President Buhari has by the reported directive to his service chiefs, betrayed his disdain for the Igbo race even as the Rights group criticized him for failing to appoint a representative of the South East of Nigeria amongst the military chiefs.

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