APC, PDP seek peace | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f


The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives COngress (APC) are seeking a truce between the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian military.

Consequently, the party has called on the Federal Government to initiate a process of dialogue with the group to ensure peace in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, the party said dialogue remained the only viable option to resolve the agitation by the secessionist agitators, adding that the country could not afford further descent into anarchy of any of its constituent parts.

The statement, attributed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and signed by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, also warned the emerging situation is the South East was inimical to the quest to take the country higher.

The party called for caution and restraint on the part the military authorities in the handling of the agitation.

It said, “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.

“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”.

The APC said: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) calls for calm and restraint following recent reports of violent clashes linked to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers State.

“We also call on citizens, social commentators, media influencers and other stakeholders to be careful and mindful of their utterances on the clashes. Stoking tensions by inciting utterances, hate speech and all other forms of awful propaganda will only push the country to the precipice.

“When we see the devastation of the Country’s North East by Boko Haram, the 1966 Nigerian civil war and similar conflicts in other countries, we are reminded of the effects of internal strife.

“We must not yield to elements beating the drumbeats of war. We owe the peace and unity of our dear country to the present and unborn generations. We must speak and stand up for peaceful coexistence on our social media platforms, places of worship and all other public spaces we belong.

“On the backdrop of recent agitations and actions which have the potential of undermining the unity of our country and our relationship across religious and ethnic divides, the Party cautions that we must ensure that such agitations are peaceful and lawful. The Party reiterates its belief that it is in our collective interest to support and remain steadfast to the cause of a united Nigeria.”

Post a Comment Default Disqus

Nigeria News Comments are Moderated. Clean Comments will be swiftly approved. No swear words, no racism, allowed.