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Be humane in your dealings with our people – Ohanaeze Ndigbo to army

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By Millicent Onaga, Enugu

The President General of the Igbo apex sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Professor George A. Obiozor, has appealed to the Nigerian Army to be humane and compassionate in their relationship with commuters and people of the SouthEast region of the country.

Ambassador Obiozor made the appeal when the General Officer Commanding, GOC, the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Major General T. A Lagbaja paid him a courtesy visit at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, GRA, Enugu within the week.

Before the meeting began, the President General requested for a minute’s silence in honour of the two former First Ladies of the South East, namely Chief Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi and Chief Mrs. Adanma Okpara, wives of the former military Head of State. Major General J.T.U Aguiyi Ironsi and Rt. Hon. Dr. Michael I. Okpara, the former Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, respectively.

Obiozor said he appreciated having constant consultations with Major Lagbaja on the security situation in the South East zone and emphasized the necessity to create conditions and environment to reduce tension and feeling of insecurity in the zone.

He however informed Major Lagbaja of the various complaints by commuters on the roads in the South East zone over Army check points and therefore appealed to the GOC to kindly look into the complaints.

In response, Major Lagbaja promised to take proper action on the complaints including the issue of demanding that commuters come out of their vehicles and raise their hands while crossing the checkpoints.

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