Thursday, 10 December 2015

Biafra Protest: APGA urges President Buhari to address Igbo maginalization

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly address squarely the vexed issue of marginalization of the South East to end the present protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.

Addressing reporters in Awka, Anambra State, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, noted that the present restiveness of the two bodies stemmed from the perceived age-long marginalization of the race which needed immediate attention.

Obi-Okoye advised the groups against violence in the country as it would paralyze economic activities that would not augur well for anybody.
He said: “APGA certainly will not support a situation where protests by any form are used to disrupt the economic life of the peaceful people of the South East and endanger the continued existence ofNdigbo in other parts of the country.
“Much as we as a political party do not subscribe to violence nor break-down of law and order, it is important that the two bodies carry out their activities within the ambit of the law. We are reliably informed that these protests which hitherto were non-violent, later turned out to become messy and bloody, leading to arson and loss of lives.
“Investigations also revealed that a combined team of security operatives involving the army, police and the navy had been deployed to bring order to the protests.
“The party, however, commends the governors of the South East, who as chief security officers in their respective states have shown considerable maturity and responsibility in handling the protests.
“APGA urges President Buhari to look more into the plight of the South East in the spirit of equity, justice and fair play in order to address the fundamental issues of marginalization of the South East zone to ensure the frustrations which gave rise to the protests are addressed in the interest of a united federation and sustenance of one and indivisible Nigerian nation.”

Credit: Vanguard

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