Following the violent clashes this week between the military and members of IPOB in Abia and Rivers States, the Arewa Consultative Forum among others, have called for calm and admonished all parties to exercise restraint.
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), have called for calm and commended Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu for imposing a dusk to dawn curfew on Aba, following the clash between supporters of IPOB and the Nigerian Army.
In a statement in Kaduna Wednesday, the publicity secretary of ACF, Mohammed Ibrahim Biu, said IPOB supporters and other agitators for whatever reason should pursue their cause within the confines of the law.
The statement read: “The attention of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been drawn to the alleged reported clashes between troops of the Nigerian Army while on Operation Python Dance II and members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba, Abia State.
“ACF commends the prompt intervention of the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who has imposed a three day dusk to dawn curfew on Aba town in order to douse the tension and bring the situation under control.
“With the dusk to dawn curfew in place, the military and other security agencies should ensure that peace and harmony in the areas affected are not only restored but sustained.
“ACF also commends the efforts of the South-east Governors’ Forum for setting up a probe committee to investigate the clash in order to unravel its remote causes and to proffer an enduring solution to such problems.
“Identified perpetrators of the crisis should be made to face the wrath of the law in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“In this regard, ACF urges the governors of the South-east and South-south regions to take adequate and necessary steps to protect the lives and properties of the innocent and law abiding citizens living in their states.
“ACF appeals to members of IPOB and other agitators for whatever cause, to always pursue their concerns within the confines of the law and the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.
“Furthermore, ACF wishes to praise the military for their professionalism in handling the security challenges and calls on the federal government to be firm and resolute in bringing such situations under control in favor of peaceful coexistence needed for meaningful socioeconomic development.
“We therefore appeal for calm and urge citizens to appreciate the need to live in peace and harmony.”