A retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) in Imo State, Chukwudi Nwokoro, has said dialogue still remains the best option to resolve the crisis in the southeast region.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Nwokoro described the situation in the southeast as a guerilla kind of war which requires a carrot and stick approach, warning that it always difficult to win such conflict.
According to the retired police officer, considering the Nigerian government has claimed that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), both founded by now-detained Nnamdi Kanu, are responsible for the attacks, they should have either directly or through emissaries engaged the leaders of the groups in a dialogue with a view to making some concessions that will not jeopardise national security.
He referenced the issue of militancy in the Niger-Delta which former President, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua deployed dialogue.
According to Nwokoro, he had expected President Muhammadu Buhari to apply such approach, including yielding to the proposed political solution, in resolving the issue of the detained IPOB leader.
He, however, appealed to those behind the violence in the South-East to apply wisdom and stop the barbarity, maintaining that no wise person destroys his own.
“I had expected President Muhammadu Buhari to apply such approach in dealing with the issue in the South-East. Many have called for political solution in handling the issue of Nnamdi Kanu; this would have gone a long way in quelling the situation,” Vanguard quotes Nwokoro as saying.
Kanu’s IPOB is agitating for the sovereignty of Eastern Nigeria.