Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the Federal Government to revisit its approach against secessionist agitators in the country.
TrackNews Online reports that this is coming in the face of the Federal Government’s recent pronouncement that agitators would not succeed in intimidating President Muhammadu
The government has also reacted angrily to the asylum granted Biafra agitators by the United Kingdom.
But the Ohanaeze leadership has now urged the government to soft-pedal on its approach, promising to assist the Federal Government bring all Biafra agitators to a roundtable discussion and negotiations.
“We hopefully expect them to grab this rare opportunity and talk with them,” the Ohanaeze said in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
“The best approach is to change tactics and strategies in dealing with secessionist threats rather than resorting to ‘an eye for an eye’.
“The Federal Government should know that what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander; it’s not fair to use carrot and stick policy for bandits and Boko Haram members in the North and use brutal forces against secessionist groups in the South.
“Negotiations are the best approach for rebuilding trust and confidence amongst secessionist groups, incarceration and military actions are outdated weapons used to win the battle against secessionist threats,” Isiguzoro added.