By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – One-time presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu, has charged the Federal Government to invite secessionist agitators in the country to a roundtable discussion in order to understand their grievances with a view to deescalating the tensed atmosphere in the country.
The economist and one-time Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, made the call on Wednesday while appearing on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
According to Moghalu, secessionist agitations in Nigeria stem from deep-seated feelings of marginalization by some individuals and groups in some sections of the country.
Despite disagreeing with some of the methods employed by IPOB and other agitators in making their demands, the seasoned economist and lawyer, however, flayed government’s tagging of these groups as “terrorists”, suggesting dialogue as the best way out of the present unsavory situation.
In his words, “When people begin political agitations and we very easily throw terrorism at them just because they are mouthing off and speaking in a language that nobody likes or insulting their fellow citizens. That is their way of handling this type of thing.
“Can we address the agitations? Don’t be afraid to address the core reasons behind the agitation because they are crying out for justice. They feel marginalised. What is wrong with addressing those issues?”
The Nigerian government had in 2017 proscribed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the group at the forefront of agitations for the secession of the South-East and some parts of the South-South from the Nigeria State.