– Former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, describes the situation in the southeast as frightening
– He warns that the situation in the southeast may not end well if some actions are not taken to prevent further spread of anxiety, anger and danger
– The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, says Nigeria will not split, but remain one and forge a common front to achieve its goals
Doyin Okupe, former spokesperson to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately summon an emergency council of state meeting over the security situation in the southeast.
Okupe, reacting to the ongoing military exercise in the region, tagged Operation Python Dance II, described the situation in the southeast as frightening.
The former presidential aide in a statement on his site, DoyinOkupe.com on Thursday, September 14, warned that the situation in the southeast may not end well if some actions are not taking to prevent further spread of anxiety, anger and danger.
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 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.”
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said Nigeria will not split, but remain one and forge a common front to achieve its goals.
Abubakar, who is also the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace and live in unity.
He reminded agitators in the country that Nigeria was brought together by an act of God, despite the different ethnic group, religions and diverse rich and beautiful culture.
The monarch’s plea came in a statement on Thursday, September 14 in Sokoto, just as violence escalated in Abia and its environs in the southeastern part of the country.