A former Governor of Enugu State and Senator representing Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, has called for the immediate cessation of arson, invasion of Police, and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s facilities in the southeast geopolitical zone.
Daily Trust reports that dozens of Police operatives have been killed and election materials burnt in constant attacks on police stations and INEC facilities by gunmen suspected to be the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militants, across the southeastern states.
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Senator Nnamani, in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, said the attacks were dangerous, anti-development, and capable of alienating the Igbos from the rest of Nigeria.
He said: “This trend is capable of alienating us from the rest of Nigeria.
“What we require is a society or nation of equal opportunities where no one is segregated upon or discriminated against on account of his ethnic or religious leaning.
“Justice and equity are what we should agitate for not violence.
“We can only achieve this in an atmosphere of peace and harmony.
“Burning police or INEC facilities cannot be a solution. The world is already a global village.
“We need each other. Those behind these acts must sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue.”
He reminded his kinsmen that there were many channels including the courts or even the National Assembly to address any injustices or misgivings instead of resort to violence.
“Violence will only lead to anarchy. It is certainly not one of the ways to resolve issues,” he said.
Senator Nnamani, therefore, cautioned against engaging in any act “that would put us in a disadvantaged position in our quest for economic and political equation in the country.”
“We have had the misfortune of the 30 months old fratricidal civil war.
“It is not an experience we wish even our enemies. Let us apply caution in the struggle to achieve what we deserve in this community called Nigeria.”