Former Vice President Atiku Abubakr has called on all parties involved in the crisis going on in Abia State, to sheath their swords and sue for peace.
Atiku in a statement on Twitter called for peaceful dialogue. He urged everyone to desist from escalating the already deteriorated situation.
“I join my party, the APC to call for restraint from all sides in the aggression happening in Abia State.
“We hear each other better if we speak peacefully. Everyone, please stop escalating the situation. Let us dialogue and listen to each other.
“I appreciate our governors both North & South, for their efforts to maintain calm. Meeting with stakeholders is important & should continue.
“The history of Nigeria shows that anytime people are targeted and hurt based on their ethnicity, we all suffer. Let this end now!
“Let this end now!” he said.
Men of the Nigerian Army’s 82 Brigade, were deployed to Abia State in an operation tagged Python Dance II, since Sept. 9, 2017, in a bid to stem the spate of kidnappings, assassinations, and agitations by members of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
In the days after, clashes between the two have escalated so much that lives have been lost, claims and counterclaims of allegations have filled national discuss.
After much pressure from right groups, organisations, and many Nigerians, the army has finally withdrawn troops from Aba and the stateee capital, Umuahia.