According to the Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), the prevailing security crisis in the region can only be effectively addressed through the liberation of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the esteemed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a press release delivered on Monday, the President General of the coalition, Goodluck Ibem, has urged President Bola Tinubu to adhere to the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which mandates the liberation of Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Ibem’s assertion revolves around the contention that the ongoing detention of the IPOB leader, in defiance of judicial pronouncements, is tantamount to a violation of both legal and constitutional norms.
In line with the Vice President’s recent statement, Kashim Shettima, the coalition concurs that the utilization of military force alone is insufficient to address the challenges in the Northeast region. Instead, they advocate for a non-kinetic approach to effectively resolve the situation. Furthermore, the coalition asserts that the release of Kanu and engaging in negotiations with the agitators are essential steps towards alleviating the unrest in the South-East.
In light of the prevailing circumstances, it is imperative to acknowledge that a military approach alone will not yield a sustainable resolution to the crisis in the South-East. Should we opt to pursue this path, we risk becoming embroiled in an interminable conflict characterized by gradual erosion and depletion of resources.
The Vice-President, Kashim Shettima, has astutely proposed the implementation of a non-kinetic approach to address the prevailing security concerns in the region. This strategic recommendation aims to effectively resolve the crisis in the Northeast, emphasizing the need to explore alternative means beyond the use of force.
The statement emphasizes the imperative for President Tinubu to comply with the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which mandates the release of Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services. It underscores the significance of upholding the rule of law as a fundamental solution to fostering peace, harmony, and security within the nation.