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Embrace dialogue to address secessionist agitations, Ogun monarch tells President

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to adopt dialogue and not confrontation to stem the tide of secessionist agitations in the country, which has further heated up the polity in recent time.

The Eselu of Iseluland in Yewa area of Ogun State, Oba Ebenezer Akintunde Akinyemi, who made the appeal in an open letter to Buhari, a copy of which was made available to The Guardian, yesterday, said dialogue with all sections of the country, especially the South-east, which now looks like a war zone.

“It is a fact that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been re-arrested to face charges against him, but dialogue with all sections of the country will help to nip in the bud the various security challenges, which have sprung up in the South-east and other sections of the country.

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“If dialogue is adopted, it will definitely prevent more of Nnamdi Kanus from springing up in the South-east and other parts of the country. I am also pleased to remind you that the peace we enjoy today in the Niger Delta region is due to dialogue and not war,” he said.

The monarch said the tension in the country could be traced to allegations of injustice and inequality from the southeastern part of the country, adding that the entire security challenges bedeviling the country from the South-east will disappear within a twinkle of an eye, if and only if, all sections of the country can come together to pave the way for the emergence of a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

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