Igbo leaders and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) from the Southeast on Tuesday called for an end to the wave of violence sweeping through the region.
Constitutional lawyer and elder statesman Prof Ben Nwabueze (SAN) warned against the country’s disintegration and the dangers of another civil war.
The Senate Chief Whip and former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu; a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor Kingsley Moghalu and the Concerned Senior Advocates of Nigeria of Southeast Extraction called for dialogue to end the bloodshed.
A former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, who chaired a security summit in Abia State, and other elders, condemned the attacks on security agencies and government assets.
Prof Nwabueze, Chairman of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), lamented that the country seemed to be heading for a violent disintegration that will not only be more tedious than that of 1967-1970, but could also cause a holocaust.
He urged all parties to the present raging national conflicts to either embrace peace and sanity or negotiate nonviolent disintegration.
In a statement titled ‘A timely warning,’ he referenced a similar call by former President Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Nwabueze said: “About this time in 1964 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the ceremonial President of the country in his characteristic manner, warned of the impending calamity about to befall the country, and pleaded for a peaceful disintegration of the country rather than through battles and wars.