THE Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Anglican Communion, Bishop David Onuoha, has urged South East agitators to shun violence and adopt diplomatic approach for the realisation of their aim.
Onuoha said this in a statement in Owerri on Sunday.
“I personally call on Imo people and indeed Igboland to shun partisanship and unite in an urgent search for a solution to the crises,’’ he said.
He also said that the continued killing of innocent people and security personnel was unacceptable and urged government to also review its approach in addressing the crises in the state.
“It is necessary for government to understand that its strong-arm strategy has worsened the security situation in Imo.
“The continued killing in Imo has reached an alarming level that we need to immediately call ourselves to order and find solution to the problem.
“Our governor should rise up now and provide the fatherly leadership that will return peace to the state and we insist that indiscriminate arrest and alleged murder of innocent citizens should stop immediately.
“It is very clear that the people of South-East have been marginalised and unfairly treated by the federal government and the agitations in the zone were fuelled by their fragrant marginalisation in the Nigerian project,” he said.
The state has being experiencing security challenge since April with many lives lost in the process.
The Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery, Brig.-Gen. Reymond Osaghe, in a recent briefing disclosed that the Nigeria Police lost 78 officers in the crises, while the Nigerian Army lost 38 personnel, Nigerian Air Force seven, Nigerian Navy five, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Civil Defence Corps 15 and unarmed civilians 100.
– June 13, 2021 @ 13:23 GMT /