A coalition of civil society groups has commended the manner the South-East governors handled the rising threat to the nation’s stability and unity, saying they averted another civil war by their action.
The movement, #OurMumuDonDo, Concerned Nigerians and Campaign for Democracy in a statement on Friday in Abuja noted that the ban on IPOB activities by the governors prevented bloodshed and further confrontation between them and security agents.
The statement was signed by Charles Oputa, Deji Adeyanju and Bako Usman on behalf of the coalition.
It read, “The maturity and calmness displayed by the governors in the face of the Federal Government’s heavy-handed approach and the provocative disposition of the Independent People of Biafra has averted further confrontations which were likely to be bloody and even more likely to stoke ethnic and religious tensions around the country.
“We call on the Governors of the South Eastern States, as well as all Governors of all States in the country, to continue to do more to preserve and foster national unity as well as the safety and security of all Nigerians nationwide.
Meanwhile, a group, the Niger Delta National Youth Leaders and Stakeholders Forum has called on the Federal Government to complete all abandoned empowerment projects in the Niger Delta, noting that this was the only way to curb crime and militancy among the youths of the area.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the forum President, Felix Ihonre said empowerment of thousands of jobless youths could end restiveness and violence in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.