- Instead of threat from the federal government to secessionists, the solution is nothing but honest dialogue
- This is the suggestion of Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate who spoke on Wednesday, June 2
- Moghalu noted that political agitators like Sunday Igboho and IPOB members are crying out against marginalisation
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Abuja - Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has called on the federal government to convene a round table talk with secessionists and all political agitators in Nigeria.
Kingsley Moghalu, who spoke on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, June 2, noted that it is wrong and rather dangerous for the government to describe such persons as terrorists.
The southeast politician suggested that the best way forward at such a tensive time is dialogue between the leadership and the agitating regions.
He, therefore, suggested that persons like Sunday Igboho and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) should be invited for discussion.
“I think that the government should be able to invite, whether it is IPOB or Sunday Igboho, all the secessionists; invite them to the table.
“They are essentially political agitators. You can call them terrorists. That is your own prerogative but we know what terrorism means in reality. Boko Haram are terrorists. We know that."
He urged the government not to be afraid to address the core reasons behind the agitation because the agitators are crying out for justice from a deep feeling of being marginalised.
“Can we address the agitations? Don’t be afraid to address the core reasons behind the agitation because they are crying out for justice. They feel marginalised. What is wrong with addressing those issues?”
President Buhari's message to insurrectionists
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari's firm position to deal with armed criminals, arsonists, and insurrectionists in Nigeria had triggered a lot of reactions.
One of those who responded to the president's threat was Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment.
Via his Twitter page on Tuesday, June 1, Keyamo noted that reports are now viral online that the formerly unknown gunmen who went about killing Nigerians have been described as innocent citizens.