The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the Federal Government to revisit the approach they are using against those agitating for secession in the country.
This is coming after the Federal Government said those agitating will not succeed in intimidating President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Federal Government has also reacted to the news that the United Kingdom has given asylum to Biafra agitators.
But the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged the Federal Government to soft-pedal on its approach, promising to bring all the agitators of Biafra to roundtable discussions and negotiations.
“We hopefully expect them to grab this rare opportunity and talk with them,” the Ohanaeze said in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
“The best approach is to change tactics and strategies in dealing with secessionist threats rather than resorting to ‘An eye for an eye.’
“The Federal Government should know that what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander; it’s not fair to use the carrot and stick policy for bandits and Boko Haram members in the North and use brutal forces against secessionist groups in the South.
“Negotiations are the best approach for rebuilding trust and confidence amongst secessionist groups, incarceration and military actions are outdated weapons used to win the battle against secessionist threats,” Isiguzoro added.
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