Timi Frank calls for withdrawal of military in the southeast
- Comrade Timi Frank has voiced his concerns about the siege by the Nigerian military in the southeast
- He is of the opinion that the military should withdraw from the region immediately
- The All Progressives Congress has faulted the approach of the federal government to the issue
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the ongoing military show of force in the southeast region of the country, is capable of putting the country on fire if not checked.
Comrade Frank's position was made known in a statement he sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, September 14.
He stated that the current approach of the military in the region need to be checked, even as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the political implications of unleashing the military on an entire region.
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Reacting to a video circulating on social media where some youths and IPOB members were caught by the military and asked to forcefully swim in a dirty water, Comrade Frank said such action is condemnable all over the world.
He warned that the ongoing military action in the region is capable of sabotaging the good intention of the APC government and therefore portray the current administration as a military government.
While calling on Nigerians, especially leaders across board irrespective of political differences to speak out against what he described as inhuman treatment of Nigerians, he said: “Today it may be the Igbos but tomorrow, it may be the Ijaws or Yorubas or any other region, by then there may be nobody to speak out. This incident is a total disgrace and embarrassment to the Nigerian government.”
Frank, who said he does not believe in Biafra agitation but in one Nigeria, urged the federal government to either replace the army with police or the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
“The DSS or police will never carry out such brutality on unarmed Nigerians because DSS has shown maturity in in handling civil issue like this in the past.
“The activities of these handful numbers asking for Biafra does not represent what the whole region stands for.
“There are still large number of people who are not comfortable with such agitation, these people too are Nigerians like others. So the whole region should not suffer the perceived sin of the few,” he said.
While stating that all over the world, agitation for various reasons can not be totally eradicated, he added that the way and manner government and her security agencies handle such matter will show the different and either make citizens to believe in such government or not.
“This may be one of the reasons the United State Government refused to sell arms to Nigeria Army because of human right abuse and violation.
“This has to stop because military solution has never been the best in handling such in a democratic system like ours anywhere in the world,” Comrade Frank added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recently released 14 safety measures that residents of the southeast are expected to adhere to as the Nigerian military carries out the Operation Python Dance II in the region.
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Watch Legit.ng TV interview with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer, about the military invasion: