The All Progressives Congress, (APC) national working Committee, (NWC) has cautioned members of the separatist movement, Indigenous human beings of Biafra (IPOB) towards acts that could generate into balkanisation of the country.
Reacting to Tuesday violent clashes in Abia and Rivers states, the party warned IPOB to refrain from obstructing security agencies to conduct their constitutional roles of securing lives and property with out hindrance and provocation.
The statement signed by means of the party national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdulahi read in part: ‘’The All Progressives Congress (APC) calls for calm and restraint following current reports of violent clashes connected to members of the Indigenous humans of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers state.
‘’The party also regrets the incident on the national Union of Journalist (NUJ) Secretariat in Umuahia, Abia state capital, wherein some reporters had been assaulted. Commendably, the Nigerian military has tendered its apology and is investigating the matter. “while the party insist that security agencies need to adhere with globally-stipulated policies of engagements and laws governing their operations, we have to allow our security corporations to conduct their constitutional roles of securing lives and belongings without hindrance and provocation.
‘’We also call on citizens, social commentators, media influencers and different stakeholders to be careful and aware in their utterances at the clashes. Stoking tensions by inciting utterances, hate speech and all other sorts of awful propaganda will only push the country to the precipice.
‘’when we see the devastation of the country’s North East by Boko Haram, the 1966 Nigerian civil war and similar conflicts in different nations, we’re reminded of the effects of internal strife.
‘’We must not yield to elements beating the drumbeats of war. We owe the peace and unity of our dear country to the present and unborn generations. We must speak and stand up for non violent coexistence on our social media structures, places of worship and all different public areas we belong.
‘’on the backdrop of recent agitations and movements that have the ability of undermining the unity of our country and our relationship throughout religious and ethnic divides, the party cautions that we should make sure that such agitations are non violent and lawful. The party reiterates its belief that it’s far in our collective interest to support and stay steadfast to the cause of a united Nigeria.”