The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed deep concern about the increasing tensions in South East and South South geo-political zones of Nigeria following the pro-biafra protest that have been carried out in recent weeks in the zones.
The party in a statement signed by its National Youth Leader, Hon. Abdullahi MaiBasira said that President Buhari and his party should be held accountable for the escalation of the protests, which threatens the unity and national security interests of Nigeria as an indivisible entity.
It also sad it is not comfortable with the methods being applied by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government in handling of restive youths in the South South and South East geo-political zones, who are agitating under the Biafra movement, and urged the President to personally intervene as the matter affects the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
The party said it is concerned that the Federal Government and its agencies have failed to approach the situation with the inclusiveness and seriousness it deserves, but have instead been resorting to the use of security forces.
The PDP also urged the ruling party to ensure and guarantee an inclusive administration that will promote harmony among all sections of the country.
“The fact that none of the President’s ministerial appointees confirmed by Senate is below 40 years also puts to question APC’s belief for the next generation of leaders, mentorship and transfer of responsibility. So far, the resultant effect of this lack of clear-cut policy is the stagnation of the economy and laying-off of thousands of people from their jobs.
“Rather than the use of force as an option which usually fails as a solution in this type of self inflicted socio political problem, President Buhari should as a matter of national interest and practical necessity, make haste to call representatives and leaders of the South East for discussions before the situation deteriorates”, the party said.
The PDP said President Buhari and his party should know that sidelining any section of the country is bound to generate unhealthy relations among all integral parts of the Nigerian people.
The party said that cohesion, development, prosperity and unity should be paramount in government policy and warned that unless and until all sections of the country are accommodated, certain sections will experience civil tension and agitations as a means of expressing their discontent.
“Finally, as young people who believe in the present and future stability of Nigeria; we urge President Buhari to see himself as the father of the nation and try to open his heart to all by carrying everybody along and through that, create enabling environment for peace, progress and development in the interest of all”, the statement said.
It would be recalled that Biafran ‘One Million Man March’ took place on Friday, November 6. The main tensions and confrontations were in Onitsha, Anambra state, where one person was reportedly shot dead.
In order to prevent the protests from spreading, the Nigeria Police Force issued a strict warning to Biafra activists and conducted preventive detentions and arrests during the day.
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