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Former minister Chidoka warns FG against using force on south-east agitators

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The former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka, has cautioned the federal government against the use of force on agitators in the south-east region of Nigeria.

Chidoka through his campaign media director Viola Okolie said FG and the security agencies must be cautious in handling matter related to agitations by the people in the region.

“We also caution against any act that may lead to further confrontation with the people and aggravate the already tensed-up situation in the region.

We hold firmly that rather than aggression and force, the time has come for Nigeria to pause and specifically listen to, understand and address the agitations of people of the south east.

The southeast has legitimate concerns; concerns that have been with us as a nation, for decades. Officials and agencies handling the matter must understand that this agitation has been a lingering issue, existing long before those leading it today were born.

Silencing or subjugating them as individuals do not hold the answers, addressing the issues does,” Okolie said.

The former minister said time has comefor Nigeria to directly address the growing concerns of the south-east people rather than move to silence them.

He said such approach would foster peaceful co-existence of the Nigerians as a people.

The former minister who will be contesting for the Anambra state governorship seat under the platform ofthe United Progressive Party (UPP) said the party will continue to pursue its ideology which include self-determination, hard work and ensuring that no man is oppressed.

“We will pursue the reenacting of our people’s hopes and aspirations, and resist their dehumanizing relegation to a mere “5%”, an agenda initiated and practiced by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in cahoots with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),”Okolie said.

We invite all to hold the APC and APGA responsible for the escalation of hostilities resulting in wanton killings ofharmless southeasterners in various parts of the country. While the APGA, a hitherto pan-Igbo party has since become ideologically vacuous and unable to adequately aggregate and explain the views of ndi-Igbo to other groups in the country, the atrocious silence of Igbo leaders in the APC has emboldened aggression against south easterners.

The people hold them directly responsible for the killing of our unarmed brothers and sisters in Onitsha, Aba, Port Harcourt and Ekwulobia. No amount of rationalizationcan explain away their guilt and erase this bloodstain on their banners of wickedness and betrayal.

Most atrocious is that these parties in their impudence are further demonstrating their insensitivity to the feelings of the people by fielding themselves for the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election.

On the platform of the UPP, we restate our mission to restore the Igbo voice and end the reign of an ideologically bankrupt party in Anambra state. On this score, our candidate Chief Osita Chidoka stands shoulder to shoulder with the oppressed, the bereaved, the orphaned, the deprived and the betrayed; as we march to reclaim our state and restore the dignity of our people come November 18, 2017,”Okolie added.

The flag was presented to the former minister by the national chairman of theUPP Chekwas Okorie at the party secretariat in Abuja.

While receiving the UPP flag, the former minister vowed to pursue the self-determination ideology of the party and restore the voice of the Igbo people.

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