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Bishop Onuoha urges South East agitators to shun violence

By Ikechukwu Iweajunwa

The Archbishop of the Anglican Communion of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri, Bishop David Onuoha, urged the agitators in the South East to avoid violence and take a diplomatic approach to achieving their goal.

Onuoha said this in a statement to Owerri on Sunday.

“Personally, I call on the Imo people and indeed Igboland to avoid partisanship and unite in an urgent search for a solution to the crises,” he said.

He also said the continued killings of innocent people and security personnel was unacceptable and urged the government to also reconsider its approach to dealing with crises in the state.

“The government needs to understand that its tough strategy has worsened the security situation in Imo.

“The prosecution of the killings in Imo has reached an alarming level that we must immediately call to order and find a solution to the problem.

“Our governor should stand up now and provide the fatherly leadership that will bring peace to the state and we insist that the indiscriminate arrests and alleged murders of innocent citizens cease immediately.

“It is very clear that the people of the South East have been marginalized and treated unfairly by the federal government and the unrest in the area has been fueled by their fragrant marginalization in the Nigerian project,” he said.

The state has faced security challenges since April and many lives have been lost in the process.

The brigade commander, 34th Artillery, Brig.-Gen. Reymond Osaghe, in a recent briefing, revealed that the Nigerian police have lost 78 officers in the crises, while the Nigerian military has lost 38, the Nigerian Air Force seven, the Nigerian Navy five, the corps civil defense and security forces of Nigeria 15 and unarmed civilians 100.

(NAN)

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