The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has suggested a way to end the killings and violence in the South East.
During a governorship debate on Sunday night in Awka, the state capital, Ozigbo advised President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to end the insecurity in the region.
He said after the IPOB leader is released, the Federal Government should quickly find the root cause of IPOB’s agitation and address them accordingly.
The PDP candidate added that some of the reasons for the agitation are bad leadership and governance, marginalisation of the South East, and bad infrastructural facilities in the region.
Ozigbo, however, admonished IPOB to adopt non-violent and diplomatic means of addressing the agitation for secession rather than use an approach that will lead to violence and killings.
He said: “Indeed, Nnamdi Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root cause for the agitation
“I always focus on the root causes of problem-solving. We can’t be addressing a problem from the symptoms. An efficient way to address any crisis is to deal with the root.
“Why the agitations? If you think deeply, you’ll understand that it is because Nigeria is not working. Our leaders have failed us. The sense of hopelessness brought about by poor governance pervades the land.
“There’s a lot we need to do to get Nigeria working again. The poor road networks, decayed infrastructure, failed social systems, a devastating healthcare sector, a shrinking economy, lack of opportunities, and many more manifestations of poor governance leads to the question of ‘Is there any need to be part of Nigeria, anyway?’
“As a way out of the current crisis, we need a fresh approach to leadership. Nigeria must focus on raising the competitiveness of the country, among other solutions. We must do away with nepotism and entrench competency.
“We must restructure Nigeria to be fairer, more competitive, and more inclusive.”