Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Re-arresting Kanu could spark secession--UPP

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has appealed to the federal government to jettison the attempt to revoke the bail granted to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

According to UPP, re-arresting Kanu was a political misadventure that would deepen the agitation for secession and uprising in the South East and beyond.

The party, which spoke through its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike, enjoined the federal government to quickly dialogue with IPOB and other uprising groups across the nation with a view to resolving what it termed crucial national issue.

While reacting on the federal government exclusion of the South East geopolitical zone in the recent appointment of top management Officers in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), UPP described the federal government’s action as flagrant violation of the federal character principle as provided in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

This it termed unwarranted marginalization of Igbo race, adding that it was fueling the agitation for secession which has threatened the corporate existence of the nation.

UPP further enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly review and revisit the appointments and include people of the South East in key positions in national interest.

Addressing the lingering industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Resident Doctors, UPP urged the Federal Government to take immediate action to address their grievances so as to reduce tension in the polity and speed up development in this period of economic recession.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of flood that ravaged Benue State. We call on Governments at all levels, organizations, international agencies and individuals to assist our fellow compatriots affected by the flood in Benue State” the image marker added.



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