Youth Advocate For Peace Justice And Empowerment Network (YAPJEN) has called on President Buhari to end the security challenges in the southeast zone by granting Presidential Pardon to leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The group blamed Buhari for what it described as creating the hitherto unknown Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and making him a hero by imprisoning him.
In a statement by its president, Amb Timothy Nwachukwu, the group noted that Buhari went ahead to justify IPOB’s agitation by sidelining the southeast zone from his appointment, especially in the security circles.
“The lopsided appointment made by the President infuriated members of IPOB thus creating disunity, distrust among the people of the zone and other zones.
“The agitation by secessionist groups cannot be quelled with military force but will rather create a guerilla warfare situation which will destroy the nation Nigeria,” the group said.
YAPJEN however advised President Buhari and members of his cabinet to apply the carrot and stick approach in dealing with secessionist groups.
It further urged the President to start a genuine reconciliation process that would heal the nation by engaging and compensating the families of the victims of the secessionist group.
“If peace must return to the southeast zone, the President has a duty to douse the tension he created by de-proscribing the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and apply a carrot approach by bringing him to a dialogue table.
“The use of force or suppression will only harden the members of the group and attract more sympathy from the people of the zone,” it added.