S/East tra­di­tional rulers urge ag­i­ta­tors to em­brace di­a­logue

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Some tra­di­tional rulers from the South-east geo-po­lit­i­cal zone have ap­pealed to youth groups cur­rently ag­i­tat­ing for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion of the zone to di­a­logue with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The ap­peal was con­tained in a com­mu­niqué is­sued by the mon­archs af­ter a work­shop in Ow­erri yes­ter­day.

The work­shop with the theme: “Con­flict Preven­tion, Peace­ful Co­ex­is­tence, Tol­er­ance and Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion for South East Tra­di­tional Rulers’’, was or­gan­ised by the In­sti­tute for Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion (IPCR) and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) to strengthen their ca­pac­ity in peace build­ing and con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

The work­shop was at­tended by mon­archs from Abia, Anam­bra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­er­nors of Abia and Imo. The com­mu­niqué noted that tra­di­tional rulers and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions were crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers in the drive for peace in the zone.

“We rec­om­mend the con­tin­u­a­tion of ap­peal to the youths in the re­gion cur­rently en­gaged in self- de­ter­mi­na­tion strug­gle to em­brace di­a­logue and peace­ful meth­ods. We fur­ther re­solve that all Nige­ri­ans should em­brace the prin­ci­ples of tol­er­ance and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence,” the com­mu­niqué said.

They re­called that the zone had passed through myr­i­ads of vi­o­lent con­flicts, in­se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges in re­cent times.

“The self-de­ter­mi­na­tion groups, through their ac­tiv­i­ties, are rad­i­cal­ized youths, which usu­ally bring them into di­rect con­fronta­tions with the law en­force­ment agents re­sult­ing in avoid­able fa­tal­i­ties, loss of rev­enue and eco­nomic in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion. The South-east is chal­lenged by mul­ti­ple con­flicts and in­se­cu­ri­ties like cultism, at­tack on oil in­stal­la­tions, herds­men at­tacks, land dis­putes and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion cam­paign for Bi­afra fuelled by per­ceived marginal­i­sa­tion,” the com­mu­niqué said.

“Fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments should find cre­ative ways to en­gage the al­ready rad­i­calised youths in di­a­logue. State gov­er­nors within the re­gion should equally see the need to cre­ate more eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment. The con­flict be­tween farm­ers and herders and the re­sul­tant killings and de­struc­tion of farm­lands should be ad­dressed ur­gently.

“We im­plore the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to prof­fer an im­me­di­ate, bal­anced and ac­cept­able so­lu­tion to the prob­lem,” the com­mu­niqué said. (NAN)

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