Paschal Emeka, Abuja
The House of Representatives has stressed the need for the Federal Government to consider Alternative Dispute Resolution over Agitations of the Aggrieved Parties in the South East.
In a motion Hon. Obidigwe Chinedu Benjamin, representing Anambra East/West Federal Constituency at the nation’s lower legislative chamber, decried the unabated cases of insecurity, wanton destruction and unrest in the South East over alleged marginalization by the Federal Government.
He informed that the agitation was infiltrated and escalated into an armed struggle with attendant destruction of lives and property in the area and that the carnage has remained unabated despite government investment in the deployment of armed personnel, procurement of arms and other security hardware to curtail the incidents.
He said that the insecurity situation has crippled socio-economic activities in the South East, leaving people in perpetual fear and that a similar experience in the Niger Delta was contained by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua with dialogue and effective engagement of the youths through the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
He expressed conviction that embracing dialogue and engaging the agitating and aggrieved youths of the South East would proffer a lasting solution to the problems in the South East.
The house resolved to urge the Federal Government to consider out of court settlement on the Nnamdi Kanu matter to promote peace and stability in the South East of Nigeria and also urge the Federal Government to set-up “peace and reconciliation committee” to dialogue with the aggrieved parties in the South East.