A former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the cancellation of its planned one-week sit-at-home in the South-East, by the IPOB, had proved the group was not a terrorist group.
According to the former Presidential Aide, the decision of IPOB to cancel the one-week sit-at-home was indicative of the fact that it believed in the principle of justice, equity and self-determination, for its people.
Okupe stated this in a statement he personally signed, a copy of which was made available to news outlets, yesterday.
According to Okupe, in the statement, “It was heartwarming to learn that IPOB canceled the Sit-At-Home order, which would have put a lot of uncertainties on the Anambra State governorship elections.
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“This decision of IPOB is a very reasonable one coming from an organization, whose major concern is justice, equity, and self-determination for its people.
“By this singular act of compassionate and progressive civility in furtherance of our democracy, IPOB, to my mind, has proved unequivocally that it is not a terrorist organization, rather it is one that can be called to a round table to reason with.
“It was in my own realization of this fact that I made a call a few days ago that in the interest of peace in the South-East region, it is now time for the Federal Government, to open a window of opportunity for peaceful negotiation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB.
“I wish to appeal to all peace-loving Nigerians to add their voices to persuade our government to show magnanimity and make this all-important move now! Peace talks and sincere negotiations can resolve in weeks, what violence, war and its attendant bloodshed may not achieve in several years.
“May God helps and guide our leaders to lead us alright, in Jesus's Name. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
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posted 2021-11-06 13:23:56