There has been civil unrest in Abia following an exercise by the Nigerian Army code named “Operation Python Dance II” which resulted in a fracas at the IPOB leader’s hometown.
The Turakin Adamawa called for restraint on both sides stressing that dialogue remained the best option to stop the civil unrest in the South Eastern part of the country from escalating. His words:
“I join my party, the APC to call for restraint from all sides in the aggression happening in Abia State.
“We hear each other better if we speak peacefully. Everyone, please stop escalating the situation. Let us dialogue and listen to each other.
“I appreciate our governors both North and South, for their efforts to maintain calm. Meeting with stakeholders is important and should continue.”
A former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu has also responded to the military presence in the state and the South East and confrontations between the IPOB youths and the federal security forces.
Orji Uzor Kalu called on IPOB members to remain calm and law abiding as he consults with the federal authorities towards finding a lasting panacea to the brewing crisis in Abia State.
In a statement issued in Abuja, on Thursday, September 14, Orji Uzor Kalu who just returned from the United States called on both parties to respect the rule of law and rights of citizens, adding that he has been briefed about the crisis and has swiftly begun consultations with federal authorities and IPOB leaders towards restoring calm to the region.
He described the unfolding events as very unfortunate to have degenerated to this level happening in not just the South East region, noting that the Southeast which is yet to be fully recover from the losses of the civil war cannot afford to be subjected to more loss of human lives and properties.
The former governor recalled that in democracy every group has its fundemental right to express their grievances but such action must follow due process in line with the constitution of the country to avoid breakdown of law and order.
The APC chieftain reiterated the need for peace, adding that dialogue remains the best solution to solving grievances. He also stressed the need to respect the court orders and pronouncements.
In a related development, the Nigerian Army has refuted claims by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia saying there will be a
gradual withdrawal of troops from the state in the coming days.
A statement by Army spokesperson, Sani Usman contradicted the Governor maintaining that the military has not said such thing.
While warning that it would not allow any individual or group to jeopardise the conduct of the field training exercise through unlawful or criminal activities, the Army stressed that it will go ahead with its planned military operation in the South-east