- The PDP called on the government to address the growing southeast tension diplomatically
- It said it supported the oneness of the country
- The party called for dialogue as a first option and not a last
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the ongoing tension in the southeast region calling for caution and restraint in the way it was being handled.
In a statement released on Wednesday, September 13, and signed by Prince Dayo Adeyeye who is its national publicity secretary, the PDP said that while it is committed to the oneness of Nigeria, it urged the government to handle the growing tension well.
It called for the use of dialogue to solve the issue rather than violence.
Read the statement below:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for caution and restraint in handling the conflict that has erupted in Abia state between the military and elements of the IPOB.
The party noted that while it is committed to the continued corporate existence of Nigeria as one indivisible country, it at the same time, acknowledges and respects the rights of the people anywhere to express their yearnings and aspirations within the confines of the laws of the land.
The PDP stated that at this time that tempers seem to be flaring up, dialogue, rather than violence is the only viable option to resolve whatever problems are on ground in the South-East Zone and indeed the entire country; stressing that at this critical juncture in which the Nation is grappling with numerous challenges in virtually all facets, Nigeria could ill afford a further descent into anarchy in any of its constituent parts.
"What the Country needs at this time is an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, without which no meaningful positive development in whatever sector can be attained, and the situation unfolding in the South-East, which is a very important component of the Nigerian family, is no doubt, inimical to our collective quest to take Nigeria higher. It is therefore in our enlightened interest as a people and as a Nation, to rise up to this challenge intelligently without undue egotism, and with the best interest of the Country at heart," declared the PDP National Caretaker Committee's chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON.
The party expressed the belief that the situation is a family squabble that the Country should be able to deal with without unnecessary bloodshed as it's reminding both the Government and the IPOB that no matter whatever would eventually happen at the end of the day, a sit-down is inevitable; it is always better to make it a first resort.
It further appealed to the government to, even as it goes about discharging its constitutional mandate of ensuring the protection of the territorial integrity of the Country, deploy constructive engagement, involving effective and efficient communication strategies that would allay all fears as well as assure all component parts of Nigeria of their assured place in the national scheme of things. It also appealed to the IPOB and its leadership to reciprocate such gesture where and when offered reminding them that their continued recalcitrance would achieve nothing other than subjecting people of their area to untold hardship and harm.
The PDP also commended the government of Abia state for the mature way it has so far been handling this delicate situation and urges people of the State to continue to support and cooperate with it in these difficult times that could necessitate the taking of difficult and painful, nevertheless necessary decisions.
God bless Nigeria! God bless the PDP!! God bless Abia state!!!
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Army in Enugu said that the military exercise in the south-east, code-named Operation Python Dance 2 is not targeted at the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Colonel Sagir Musa, the deputy director, public relations, 82 Division, on Tuesday, September 12, said this when he briefed newsmen at the NUJ Secretariat, Umuahia, on the activities of troops deployed in Abia for the exercise.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer reacting to the alleged invasion of his client's house by the army: