From Molly Kilete, Abuja
Former Chief of Defence Staff(CDS), Lieutenant-General Martin-Luther Agwai, has called for dialogue over the quit notice order issued by the Arewa Youth Consultative group to Igbo living in the North to vacate by October 1.
Agwai, who is also a onetime Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), also said those agitating for the restructuring of the country were only wasting their time, “especially where we cannot maintain law and order.”
The former military chief, who made this known in an interview with Daily Sun, in Abuja, however, called on government not to take the quit notice order by the Arewa youths and the agitation for the creation of Biafra lightly, as most wars and conflicts world over start from such threats and hate speeches. He, therefore, called for dialogue from all sides before things get out of hand.
He said: “You see, my take on this quit notice to Igbo and restructuring of the country is that we over simplify issues, and we do not go into deep investigative discussions.
“Definitely, the Arewa issue is a source of concern; but I think it would be wrong to concentrate on only Arewa without looking into what happened even before that time. So, if we take any of those in isolation, personally, I feel we are just going on a goose chase.
“We should collectively sit and dialogue with open mind, open heart and tell each other the truth and then move on.”
On the consequences of the quit notice order, Agwai, said: “There is nothing difficult about it; if you look at what has happened in most wars and conflicts where we lost lives upon lives, they started from all these threats and hate speeches.”