Chairman, Anambra State chapter of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Ndubuisi John has advised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Nwike to handle the alleged killings in Oyigbo with extreme care to forstal escalation.
Ndubisi who gave the advice on Thursday in Onitsha in a press briefing, urged the governor to avoid generalizing his anger towards Igbo race, insisting that everybody in Igbo land was not member of the Indegineous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Described the killings as dehumanizing, the cleric appealled to Wike to govern the state with the wisdom of God as the Shepherd of the State, just as he called on Church leaders to assist in dousing the situation.
The CAN helmsman also cautioned the youths to listen to the advice of their elders and religious leaders, noting that advice from such personalities would never be destructive.
He said, “Youths should lay down their arms and come down to round table conference so that we can discuss and know how to manage the issue.
“I was told that IPOB activities in Oyigbo and entire Rivers State caused the ugly development which infuriated the governor and prompted him to clamp dowm on IPOB members.
“I wouldn’t say that it is not true that there is a group called IPOB but everybody in Igbo land is not a member of IPOB. So, shooting of every Igbo man seen is very wrong.
“The Governor can’t generalize his anger towards Igbo race, it is absolutely wrong. He should behave maturely, because as a Governor and a person, we respect and adore his office and we expect him to
also act as a Governor with mercy”.
Describing the #EndSARS protest as backup grievances against government and explosion ocassioned by sufferings, Ndubisi commiserated with victims of the protest that included, the dead, the living and the injured.
“No doubt the protest was a fallout of prolonged anger, people have been dying in silence until now. But the killings is not palatable especially as people are gradually recovering from protest,” the cleric added.