A Niger Delta ethnic group, Ikwerre Peoples Congress (IPC) has expressed concern over the spate of violence against security formations in parts of old Eastern Nigeria, saying it portends danger.
The group said it has been monitoring the developments that have resulted in the armed and violent attacks on security formations and as one of the largest ethnic nations and as critical stakeholders in the zone, “they are duty bound to speak up because Nigeria cannot to be a threat to Nigerians.”
In a statement which was signed by the group’s Convener, Livingstone Uwechie which was sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, they condemned the killing of Police and other security agents on their lawful duties.
The group wondered the reason behind the increase in attacks on government facilities, and killings, noting that the blood of innocent people has been shed in the circumstance.
“It is unacceptable that in the circumstance Nigeria should continue to survive on the blood of innocent Nigerians,” it said.
The group acknowledged government’s effort at stabilising the nation through peace fora, but said, more efforts were needed as the country is fastly drifting into perdition.
“Although it is not in dispute that the Nigerian state has made effort in promoting peace across the country, more can and should be done because lives are going down everyday in droves but the citizens expectation on government is high in keeping with the constitutional obligation of the primary purpose of governance.
“Government should recommit itself to developing the people and the nation because the violence was as a result of an age long grievances of the endemic disputations, contentions and unresolved issues that have obscured and bedeviled the supposed Nigerian state and its acclaimed union.
“Nigeria must be seen as belonging to everyone by getting all involved in the state affairs as opposed to the way it is currently constituted which betrays and undermines the rights of the ethnic nationalities that makes its component.
“Nigeria must not forget that we have a history of ethnic conflict and minority questions that resulted in the last civil War.
“We must avoid the mistake of the dark past by doing the needful. It is a great concern however that the Willink Commission report on the minority question has not been implemented till date and this is contributory largely to the crisis facing us today.”
The statement added that the Federal government shouldn’t contemplate reprisals arising from attacks as it wouldn’t help the situation, rather government should address issues that promotes peace and development.
“We believe that whereas self determination and land ownership is an inherent right of ethnic nations and a people have a right to association as enshrined in various international legal instruments which Nigeria is signatory to, but for there to be genuine peace and development in our fatherland, we must ensure justice for all,” they added