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Coalition urges Bandits, Terrorists to lay down Arms

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Following aggressive military operations across theatres, the Ethnic Coalition for Peace has tasked terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements on the need to lay down their arms, in the interest of the nation.

The coalition commended troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for sustaining aggressive operations across the six geographical entities.

The coalition, which made the call to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace, said troops of the AFN have demonstrable courage, and determination to take out enemies of state threatening national security, public safety, and order.

In a statement signed by the Convener, Isiaka Gani and Co-conveners, Obi Okoro and Abdullahi Mustafa, the group said that peace remained a pre-condition for socio-economic development.

“The 2022 International Day of Peace should be an opportunity for deep retrospect on the advantages of having peace in a country. No country can make progress where there is crisis.

“We urge criminals, terrorists and bandits to lay down arms in the interest of the country. We cannot continue to spend scarce resources to prosecute an unreasonable war.

“We celebrate troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria for keeping the momentum and the positive results seen in the various theatres of operations.

“As the 2023 General Election approaches, we urge Nigerians to seek every avenue for Peace to reign to enable peaceful conduct of the polls”, the coalition said.

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