Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has explained how he intends to deal with the scourge of ethnic unrest in the country if he is elected president of Nigeria in the February 25 elections.

Obi made the explanation on Sunday in Abuja on the 53rd anniversary of the end of the Nigerian/Biafra war.

In an article titled “Nation-building and an orderly society are imperative,” Obi lamented the negative trajectory of the Nigerian nation and urged all citizens of voting age to take advantage of next month’s presidential election to vote for a leader eager to give the nation a fresh start.

He said: “I think a number of agitation groups will stop their agitations when they see patriotic leadership imbued with fairness, fairness, justice and determination for a very inclusive and progressive society. Every rational human being can change when he sees a good reason to. Such incentives require the right focus, effort, and time.

“Young people all over Nigeria are frustrated by injustice, poverty, lack of opportunity, unemployment and apparent exclusion. Such young people may take advantage of and use any topic or tool to express their frustration and anger.

“I think some of those who are agitating are doing so in part because of our failures to create a progressive and inclusive Nigeria. A Nigeria that functions with fairness, justice and equity will also put a definitive and effective check on groups as extreme as Boko Haram and the Islamic State in the West African province.”

The former Anambra State Governor also stressed the importance of dialogue to address the issues of divisions in the country, noting that if elected, his government would deploy kinetic and non-kinetic strategies to achieve a peaceful society for all Nigerians, regardless of where they live .

“I personally believe that the best strategy to deal with these situations that manifest themselves in the guise of unclear nationalism, intolerant patriotism and religious intolerance is a carrot and stick approach.

“The construction of a nation and an orderly society are now essential. We must wean those who can be weaned by creating a society where fairness and justice prevail, a society where basic freedoms and necessities of life such as health, work, skills and empowerment are provided.

“There must be a national program for those who accept the carrot approach. For those who are not ready to give in to the carrot approach, the stick option will be fully justified and applied. We must bring order to our society and where necessary, justice will be tempered with mercy,” she added.

Although the war ended 53 years ago, Obi lamented that not much has been achieved in terms of building an inclusive nation for all.

Continuing, the Labor Party presidential candidate said: “January 15, a very special and unique day in 2023 as it was 53 years ago. 40 days from now, Nigerians will be voting in an election that many consider to be the most crucial and existential decision we have to make as a nation, and particularly for our children and youth, given the sad state of our beloved nation, Nigeria; alarming insecurity, unemployment, poverty, inflation, debt, hunger, disunity, hopelessness and many other indicators of a failed state.

“It was also January 15; Fifty-three years ago, on a very special day for Nigeria, the clang of guns and other battle paraphernalia were formally silenced in the thirty-month civil war that sadly lost millions of lives and destroyed untold amounts of property.

“As we can remember, Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo, as he was known then, led the Biafran delegation to General Gowon to declare that the war was over and that military colleagues on the Biafran side should deploy.

It was said: “Keeping Nigeria as one is a task that must be done and ‘neither victor nor vanquished’. It is this task of keeping Nigeria one in the spirit of ‘no victor, no vanquished’ that has provided the platform for the commitment of mental and physical energy in the arduous but noble task of building a strong, united and indivisible Nigeria.

“As such, the paramount task that we must all be committed to, as stated above, is to secure and unite Nigeria for Sustainable and Inclusive Development, particularly for our children and youth.

“While we mourn the immense losses of the war, pray for the repose of the souls of the departed, and thank God that it is over, we must all join hands with the utmost sincerity and commitment to prevent any serious violence in Nigeria, let alone another civilian. war! Never more! This task of securing and uniting Nigeria should be our only option and we can all agree that the leaders and people of different sections of Nigeria have done admirably well, particularly in the immediate post-war years.

“Less than ten years after the end of that civil war, a committed personality from the defunct Biafra, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was number two man to a humble and patriotic leader-servant, Shehu Shagari, who was number one.

“May their souls continue to rest in peace! Our beloved Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme – both of blessed memory – became a true and strong expression of the unity and camaraderie that engendered a vibrant post-war Nigeria.

“This democratic leap with its unifying symbolism was glorious for Nigeria, and I deeply appreciate that path of brotherhood and unity set out by Shagari/Ekwueme and I truly believe that it is this path of inclusion and unity as one Nigeria that we must follow today.

“Anyone who still harbors an agenda other than the realization of a healthy and unifying people-oriented development vision is doing a terrible disservice to this generation and to generations of Nigerians yet to be born.

“I cannot think of any valid reason except for the lack of strong socio-economic and political policies and programs that will unite and drive Nigeria forward.

“From what I know of the South East, the Igbo Nation, led by Ohanaeze, has been unequivocal at every opportunity about its commitment to Nigeria’s unity, integrity and progress, based on equity, justice and an inclusive society. society.

“And I, Peter Obi, a proud Nigerian of Igbo origin, am sincerely and fully committed to the stance of a united, secure and progressive Nigeria,” adding that “it is also unfair to use the misconduct or position of a person or few people in an ethnic group to stigmatize the entire group.

“It’s the wrong approach and it shouldn’t be. I have repeatedly said that I will sit down and discuss with all the agitators, believing that we must continue to talk and negotiate with everyone to achieve positive results.”

Obi further promised that if given the opportunity to preside over the nation’s affairs, he would ensure that the events that led to the civil war do not happen again, saying, “Let us accept that the war is truly over. To try to continue ‘fighting the civil war’ today, after fifty-three years, would be a great disservice to Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly our heroes who worked diligently to protect and unite us.

“Let our rallying anthem remain, ‘Though tribes and language may differ, in brotherhood we stand,’” he said.

Obi further emphasized: “On this day, January 15, 2023, I pledge and pledge myself very sincerely to spend the rest of my life making sure that the civil war and the circumstances that led to it do not happen again; and to ensure that we build a progressive and inclusive society where no individual or group will be set aside, marginalized or excluded. I remain determined that a New Nigeria that we are all proud of and patriotically committed to is possible and it is a task that must be accomplished.”

He lamented the poverty and unemployment in the country and assured that, if elected, all Nigerians would have the opportunity to use their talents to earn a decent living.