Sunday, 17 September 2017

Jonathan reacts to the Army/IPOB crisis in the Southeast

Former President Goodluck Jonathan in reaction to the recent clashes between residents of Abia and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, posted a message on Facebook asking for peace instead of back and forth exchanges that might lead to war.

The sequence of events:

The Military started the Operation Python Dance II exercise in the Southeast which many residents saw as a threat and reacted.

Stakeholders reacted, and eventually, the Defence Headquarters declared IPOB a militant organisation.

The Southeast governors also proscribed the pro-Biafra group, saying they should rather send their concerns to them.

Jonathan wrote:
The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of good will to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides.

Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel. Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other.

Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in His infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned.

 In as much as there may be a need to enforce order, there is a greater need to reinforce our humanity and treat Nigerian citizens humanely whether they be from the North or South.

Nothing justifies the desecration and destruction of religious places of worship or a police station. But even more so, nothing justifies the endangering of human life. Let us exchange ideas instead of exchanging insults and threats.

Nigeria is going through tough times because God wants us to grow through tough times. We must be resolute as a people even as we know that it is impossible to deny the brotherhood of all Nigerians after over a century of a shared commonwealth. GEJ.

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