A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi
Frank, has said that the ongoing military show of force in the Southeast
region of the country, in which some youths and Biafra agitators are being
maltreated is capable of putting the country on fire if not checked.
Frank said in as much as military’s show of force is allow in a peaceful
manner, the current approach in the region need to be checked, calling on
President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the political implications of
unleashing military on an entire region.
The APC Deputy Publicity Secretary while reacting in a statement he signed
on Thursday in Abuja to a video circulating on the social media where some
youths and IPOB members were caught by the military and asked to
forcefully swim in a dirty water, said such action is condemnable all over
He warned that the ongoing military action in the region is capable of
sabotaging the good intention of APC government and therefore portray the
current administration as a military government.
While calling on Nigerians, especialy leaders across board irrespective of
political differences to speak out against what he described as inhuman
treatment of Nigerians, he said: “today it may be the Igbos but tomorrow
may be the Ijaws or Yorubas or any other region, by then there may be
nobody to speak out. This incident is a total disgrace and embarrassment
to the Nigerian government,” he said.
Frank, who said he does not believe in Biafra agitation but one Nigeria’s
project, urged the federal government to either replace the Army with
Police or Directorate of State Services (DSS) so has handle the good
intention of government in a civil manner, saying “the DSS or Police will
never carry out such brutality on unarmed Nigerians because DSS has shown
maturity in in handling civil issue like this in tne past.”
According to him, “the activities of these handful numbers asking for
Biafra does not represent what the whole region stands for. There are
still large number of people who are not comfortable with such agitation,
these people too are Nigerians like others. So the whole region should not
suffer the persieved sin of the few.”
The APC chieftain who described the ongoing military action as pure
sycophancy to justify to the President that they are working, observed
that “the military did not act this manner when President Muhammadu Buhari
was not around for sometime.
While stating that all over the world, agitation for various reasons can
not be totally eradicated, he added that the way and manner government and
her security agencies handle such matter will show the different and
either make citizens to believe in such government or not.
“This may be one of the reasons the United State Government refused to
sell arms to Nigeria Army because of human right abuse and violation. This
has to stop because military solution has never been the best in handling
such in a democratic system like ours anywhere in the world.”