Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has advised the federal government to talk to secessionists in the country.
In an interview on Channels Television on June 2, Moghalu said he believes that addressing the root causes of the agitations will help to calm tensions in the country.
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said;
“I think the government should be able to invite all the secessionists, whether it is IPOB or Sunday Igboho.”
Despite admitting IPOB and other agitators may be approaching their challenges in the wrong way, he argues that labeling them as terrorists is not the best way to handle the issue.
“They are primarily political agitators.”. They can be called terrorists. However, in reality, we know what terrorist activity means. The Boko Haram terrorist group is a terrorist organization. That is a fact.
When people start political agitations, we very easily accuse them of terrorism just because they are mouthing off and using a language nobody likes or insulting their fellow citizens. This is the way they handle this type of situation.
“Can the agitations be addressed? You should not be afraid to address the core reasons for the agitation because they are crying out for justice. As a result, they feel marginalized. Is there anything wrong with addressing those issues?”