Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra State and Chairman of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, has called for the demilitarisation of the South-East.
He also called for the release of over 5,000 Igbo youths arrested for alleged links to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
These he says will lead to peace ahead of the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the increasing militarisation of the South East, and the consequent built-up tension and security challenges in the zone, thus threatening a hitch-free conduct of the scheduled November 6, 2021 Anambra State election.
“The increasing insecurity in the South East has taken a frightening dimension and remains a terrible and worrisome puzzle that must be addressed.
“We, therefore call on the Federal Government to demilitarise the South East.
“Similarly, the Federal Government should immediately release the over 5,000 Igbo youths arrested by security agencies, and dumped in different detention camps in various parts of the country under dehumanising conditions in the name of unknown gunmen, IPOB, ESN, among others.”
Ezeife noted that of the Southeast would ensure a free and fair election during the Anambra State governorship poll.
“It is our firm belief that a secured and peaceful environment is indispensable for the conduct of free, fair and credible election in any democratic state, including Anambra State,” he added.