A former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to invite Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho for dialogue to douse the tension in the Southern region of the country.
During an appearance on Channels Television’s programme on Wednesday, Moghalu urged the President to dialogue with secessionists and address the root causes of their agitations.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) believes the leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Ilana Omo Yoruba feel marginalised and are seeking justice.
Moghalu berated the Federal Government for tagging IPOB as terrorists, adding that proscribing the group is not the way to tackle the issue.
The politician added that the reasons for IPOB’s actions should be looked into and not tagging them as terrorists.
Moghalu, however, noted that that IPOB and other agitators are carrying out their agitations in the wrong way.
He said: “I think that the government should be able to invite, whether it is IPOB or Sunday Igboho, all the secessionists; invite them to the table.
“They are essentially political agitators. You can call them terrorists. That is your own prerogative but we know what terrorism means in reality. Boko Haram are terrorists. We know that,” the economist and lawyer added.
“When people begin political agitations and we very easily throw terrorism at them just because they are mouthing off and speaking in a language that nobody likes or insulting their fellow citizens. That is their way of handling this type of thing.
“Can we address the agitations? Don’t be afraid to address the core reasons behind the agitation because they are crying out for justice. They feel marginalised. What is wrong with addressing those issues?”