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Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate for the 2023 election, has vehemently condemned the sit-at-home directive imposed by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He labeled it as a criminal act that illegally weighs on the innocent populace.
Through a series of tweets, Peter Obi emphasized the need for a strategic approach to effectively tackle and bring an end to the killings happening in the Southeast, Benue, and Plateau states.
Expressing his indignation, Peter Obi firmly stated that it is utterly unacceptable for Nigeria to continue witnessing the unnecessary loss of hundreds of innocent lives through communal clashes, banditry, and kidnappings.
‘The rising insecurity in the country leading to mindless bloodletting, particularly in the North Central zone of the country, and the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East are all becoming very worrisome,’ Obi stated.
‘Also disturbing is the continued disruption of business and social activities in the South East region over the Sit-at-Home directive purported to be coming from the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, when the body has publicly denied issuing such directive.’
‘What is going on in the South East therefore is essentially a criminal activity that must be nipped in the bud, with all hands being on deck, security agencies, and the people alike.’
Mr. Obi praised the Southeast governors for their renewed dedication to restoring peace. Yet, he stressed the necessity for a more strategic and intelligence-driven approach to effectively minimize the suffering experienced by innocent individuals.
‘We as a people through our various governments should up our value for human lives in the way and manner we respond to issues that touch lives,’ Obi said.
Peter Obi urges the involvement of critical stakeholders, particularly traditional, Christian, and Muslim leaders, in actively pushing for peace within their communities and stresses the need for them to exemplify peace in their behavior and actions.
Meanwhile, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in his address on Tuesday, expressed his displeasure over the recent spate of killings in Mangu Council of Plateau State and certain regions of Benue State. He called for an immediate cessation of the vicious cycle of violence prevailing in the country.