Nigerian govt must fight “rebels, arsonists and criminals” in S’East – Senator Bulkachuwa

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, says the Federal Government might have to go to war with “rebels, arsonists and criminals” engaging in intimidation tactics in the South-East.

He stated this Thursday as a guest on Channels Television‘s popular “Politics Today” programme.

Bulkachuwa, who represents Bauchi North, noted that the South-East tried in the past to forcefully separate from Nigeria, resulting in a civil war.

He queried whether the region wanted to go down the same path, noting that the Nigerian government would respond in kind if it had no other choice.

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“There are people who feel democracy is not good enough for them and they want to devise their own means of belonging to this entity called Nigeria and if they don’t have their wish, they’ll let Nigeria go to pieces.

“So is that anything that the constitution allows or encourages? So they’re absolutely outside the realm of the constitution.

“They’re just rebels, arsonists and criminals in short. So, what are we going to consider to even give them a chance to come and say their wish and let Nigeria tremble and bow before them and say ‘okay, we’ve granted you your wish.’

“Those insurgents in the Southeast, they’re all claiming that they want their own country called Biafra right? If that is the case, is it by killing people that they’ll get their country?

“They’ve tried it before; do they want us to go back to the same route? I don’t think so. But if they do, if that’s what they choose, has Nigeria got any choice?

“Will we just allow them, bow and say, ‘we’ll grant you your own wish?’ No. Nigerian government has to stand out, fight them and give them what they want,” Bulkachuwa stated.

The senator kicked against the zoning of the presidency, insisting that heightened criminal activities in the country were a precursor to the 2023 general election.

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