Bishop Yahaya Blames Buhari’s Marginalization Of South-East For IPOB Agitations, Urges Dialogue

The Bishop of Anglican Church of Kaduna Diocese, Rt Reverend Timothy Yahaya has blamed the marginalization and segregation of the South East people by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as responsible for the agitation for secession by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The Bishop said this on Sunday, advising the Federal Government to hold talks with members of the group as part of efforts to douse the tension in the country.

According to him, they should be brought to a discussion table so that the government could listen to their grievances, and possibly resolve them for the interest of peace and stability of the country.

He expressed the view that IPOB has genuine reasons to agitate, as a result of the politics of imbalance against the southeast.

Bishop Yahaya nonetheless said the situation must be handled with caution in order not to throw the country into crisis.

On worsening insecurity across the country, the cleric described the upsurge in attacks as unfortunate, especially the targeting of schools in remote communities in the North West and North East geographical zones. He added that it will likely pose a major setback in the development of education and future of young people who might be forced to drop out of school.

He therefore called for the full implementation of the safe school initiative that was introduced in 2014 to safeguard the schools and students.

The Bishop further asked the National Assembly to urgently probe the utilisation of funds earmarked for the initiative.

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