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Friday, 15 September 2017

Obasanjo, Gowon must meet with Buhari over Army, IPOB clashes

Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a meeting with former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Yakubu Gowon, to seek a solution to the tension in the South-East.

An ongoing military exercise in the region, Operation Python Dance II, has resulted in several clashes between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state.

Okupe said on Thursday that the situation was “frightening,” adding that unless some actions were taken to prevent further spread of “anxiety, anger, and danger,” it will not end.

“In times of this type of national distress, we must rely on some human institutions in the country for urgent intervention,” he said.

“Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo & Gen Theophilus Danjuma must meet with President Buhari within 24 to 48 hours.

“I know that Ibrahim Babangida and and Gen. Abdulsalam are currently out of the country.

“An emergency council of state meeting must be summoned to discuss and find immediate and even if temporary solution to this current problem.

“Since there are no Igbo past heads of states, Ebitu Ukiwe and chief Alex Ekweme should be invited on this occasion for balancing.


“Present and past army chiefs of staff, including Gen. Ihejerika and Minima should also attend. Two or three leaders of thoughts from the east, including the leader of Ohaneze should also be invited.”
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