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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said it is not in support of the use of violence by Biafra protesters but urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the issue of the marginalization of the Igbo people.
Renewed agitations for the state of Biafra heightened after the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra
Vanguard reports that Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, who is the national publicity secretary of the party said in Awka, Anambra state that the annoyance of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) was based on the perceived ill treatment of the Igbos.
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He however said APGA was not in support of the use of violence by the protesters as it might affect economic activities.
“APGA certainly will not support a situation where protests by any form are used to disrupt the economic life of the peaceful people of the South East and endanger the continued existence of Ndigbo in other parts of the country.
“Much as we as a political party do not subscribe to violence nor break-down of law and order, it is important that the two bodies carry out their activities within the ambit of the law. We are reliably informed that these protests which hitherto were non-violent, later turned out to become messy and bloody, leading to arson and loss of lives.
“Investigations also revealed that a combined team of security operatives involving the army, police and the navy had been deployed to bring order to the protests.
“The party, however, commends the governors of the South East, who as chief security officers in their respective states have shown considerable maturity and responsibility in handling the protests.
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“APGA urges President Buhari to look more into the plight of the South East in the spirit of equity, justice and fair play in order to address the fundamental issues of marginalization of the South East zone to ensure the frustrations which gave rise to the protests are addressed in the interest of a united federation and sustenance of one and indivisible Nigerian nation.”
Meanwhile, IPOB said that the promise of an Igbo president in 2019 was not a condition for them to cosider as they were only interested in achieving an independent Biafra state.
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