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Withdraw troops from South-East, South-South – group tells FG

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Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba

The South-East Niger Delta Association, Nigeria (SEND-Nigeria), a socio-political organisation, has advised the federal government of Nigeria to immediately withdraw federal troops from all the local government areas of Orlu senatorial zone of Imo state and the entire South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria.

This is to avert an escalation of armed hostilities between the said security militia and other Nigerian soldiers currently present in every part of Imo state and, indeed, the entire Igbo land and other Niger Delta states.

They stressed that the withdrawal of federal troops was the only way of avoiding a full-blown military revolution once more in the country.

Rising from its meeting held in Aba, Abia state, between January 26 and 27, 2021, the association resolved to urgently intervene in the effort to bring to a total control, the ugly development that erupted between the federal government and a purported Eastern Security Nigeria in Orlu, Imo state of Nigeria in January 2021.

The group, in a communiqué issued after its deliberations, titled “Before the train leaves the station”, which was signed by Charles Chinekezi, designated as its secretary general and Frank Asuquo, similarly as director of information, expressed deep concerns of all security-conscious Nigerian citizens, who genuinely foresee another volcanic eruption of an internecine armed conflict, if the situation is poorly handled.

They warned that situation is currently tottering towards the brink of an armed precipice, taking cognisance of the present situation in the North-East and also the new security threats and developments in the South-West of Nigeria.

The association was also of the opinion that taking the sincere and well-meaning demand with less seriousness, would amount to riding a tiger.

This fear, according to SEND-Nigeria, is currently real given the present arms build-up in all the Southern parts of Nigeria and beyond.

They urged all well-intended Nigerians to speak up now, as the country needs its most brilliant and reasonable people to remain united with the instruments of measured tact, diplomacy and good sense of justice.

The association also called on the World Igbo Congress, Ohanaeze Youths, Igboezue, Aka-Ikenga and other socio-cultural and political groups, South-East and South-South Governors, Senators, House of Representative members,  state legislators, and community leaders, to come up with statements of their positions to stem the deadly trend.

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