The Osita Chidoka Campaign Organisation has called on the Federal Government and its agents to apply caution while handling agitation in the South East region of the country.
A statement signed by the organisation’s Director, Media, Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie, also counselled against any act that may lead to further confrontation with the people and aggravate the already tense situation in the region.
“We hold firmly that rather than aggression and force, the time has come for Nigeria to pause and specifically listen to, understand and address the agitations of people of the south east,” said the statement.
While pointing out that the region has had legitimate concerns for decades, the organisation stated that government and its agencies must understand this and know that, “Silencing or subjugating them as individuals does not hold the answers, addressing the issues does”.
Saying that President Muhmmadu Buhari had during his recent address to the nation admitted to these “legitimate concerns”, the statement explained that he also acknowledged that “the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence”.
It is this working out, this addressing of the aforementioned concerns that the organisation calls on all stakeholders in the country to focus on.
“One of the ways to work out a mode of peaceful co-existence in a federation is when the underpinning issues of marginalisation, repression and lack of opportunity being raised by any group; are fundamentally addressed without any forms of ethnic or political coloration,” said the statement.
The Osita Chidoka Campaign declared that in campaigning for the governorship of Anambra State, it believes in and will vigorously pursue the ideology of the United Progressive Party (UPP) on which platform it is campaigning.
“The ideology of self-determination and right to determine our role in a Nigeria where no man is oppressed; the ideology of hard work, creativity and the fear of God, the restoration of our homeland and the rebuilding of our capacity as ndi Anambra.
“We will pursue the re-enacting of our people’s hopes and aspirations, and resist their dehumanising relegation to a mere “5%”, an agenda initiated and practiced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in cahoots with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),” the statement explained.
While inviting all to hold the APC and APGA responsible for the escalation of hostilities resulting in wanton killings of harmless south easterners in various parts of the country, it said “APGA, a hitherto pan-Igbo party” has since become “ideologically vacuous and unable to adequately aggregate and explain the views of ndi-Igbo to other groups in the country”.
Restating its mission to restore the Igbo voice and end the reign of an ideologically bankrupt party in Anambra State, it declared that “Chief Osita Chidoka stands shoulder to shoulder with the oppressed, the bereaved, the orphaned, the deprived and the betrayed; as we march to reclaim our state and restore the dignity of our people come November 18, 2017”.