Insecurity: Coalition thumbs up non-kinetic efforts of military in South-east

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Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor

A non-partisan organisation, the South-East Coalition for Sustainable Development (SECSD) has hailed the non-kinetic approach of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the fight against all forms of criminalities in the region, saying, “the approach would lead to peace and stability in the region.”

The group said its independent investigations revealed that the military high command has embarked on school rehabilitation projects, improvement of laboratories in schools, provision of portable water and other non-kinetic measures in the region, adding that it is promise kept by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen LEO Irabor to ensure Nigerians irrespective of their ethnicity or religion have peace.

SECSD in press statement signed by its President, Onu Ikenna and Secretary, Uchechi Mgbidi on Monday, urged the people of the region to appreciate and support the initiative of the CDS.

The coalition however, lamented that recent activities of enemies of the region has affected socio-economic development, hence the need for a rethink.

The group urged the youths to eschew all forms of violence, saying development cannot thrive where there is disorderliness.

SECSD also said the people of the region must cooperate with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to deescalate the violence and wanton killings going on in the region.

The statement read, “On assumption of office, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen LEO Irabor promised to use all available means for peace to reign in the country. We are grateful that the Armed Forces under him has gone ahead in the the implementation of activities aimed at having the people of the region live in peace.

“We plead with our people to support the military as the development strides associated with the Igbos is being eroded by the activities of a few.

“We cannot continue in this violence and wanton killings that is beginning to make us look like cannibals.

“We also welcome the promise by the CDS that the military and other security agencies will not tolerate any threat to the 2023 General elections. This is the time for our people to speak on who to govern their affairs. They must not be denied that right,” SECSD said.