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Quit notice: CSOs urge Osinbajo to include Biafran, northern youths in consultative meeting

By Taiye Agbaje, Abuja

Two civil society organisations (CSOs), on Thursday, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to convene a meeting that would involve the Biafran agitators and northern youths as part of the effort to find a lasting solution to the raging tension.  

The Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, and National Coordinator, Protest To Power Movement (P2P), Jaye Gaskia, made the call at a press briefing on the agitation for separation and ultimatum for citizens to leave some parts of the country.

Responding to questions, CISLAC boss, who commended the acting president on his intervention so far, said there is the need for him to also meet with these young people causing the tension in the country.

“We expected that the meeting should involve the young people. We call on the acting president to convene a meeting to involve these young people in order for them to know the value of being together. I would really expect that to happen. As civil society organisations, we are going to be calling for a national dialogue to discuss this,” he said.

On why security agents are yet to make any arrest, Rafsanjani said the move is in order.

According to him, if you arrest a group and leave another, it will only result to more tension.

“What we are looking for now is how to resolve the problem so that it does not escalate. Arrest will not solve the problem,” he said.

He, however, called for caution on the ongoing agitations by the groups calling for separation from Nigeria and those issuing ultimatum to the easterners to leave the north.

Also speaking, Jaye Gaskiya of P2P urged the agitators and those making unguarded remarks to tread carefully and discontinue from such act which he noted could further worsened the tension-soaked moment.

“We equally call on any groups who are opposed to separatist and or self-determination agitations to also desist from using language and taking action capable of provoking violence.

 

“We call on interest groups across the various divide to shun speeches and statements that are inciting, threatening, divisive and inflammatory. We demand strict adherence to and respect for the fundamental human rights of every Nigerian citizen to reside and legally conduct business or commercial activities anywhere in the country,” Gaskiya said.

 

The CSO leaders, who called on the government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in the country, also said that the solution to the problem lies in good governance that is inclusive.

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