A group, Imo Youths Peace Movement has urged the federal government to withdraw soldiers from streets in Imo State.
The President of the group, Chidubem Ogbenna, made the call while reacting to the resurgence of criminal activities in Imo State.
He said that huge presence of military men in the state was not the solution to the spate of killings in the state.
The youth activist said that dialogue was the key to ending insecurity and enthroning enduring peace in the state.
Ogbenna volunteered to lead the move for dialogue with those attacking the state if the government could sanction it.
He said that the state had suffered enough, adding that his group was worried by how insecurity had engulfed Imo state nay South East region of the country.
Ogbenna said; “We are Imo Youths Peace Movement. We urge the Federal Government to demilitarize South East and Imo State in particular.
“Dialogue is the only step to solving the problem of insecurity in Imo State. The military does not understand dialogue. They are trained to be forceful and that won’t solve our problem.
He lamented the loss of precious lives and property almost on a daily basis in Imo State and the South East, saying it was high time the killings and destruction were stopped
Ogbenna equally decried the disruption of commercial activities leading business concerns folding up or relocating to safe climes, maintaining that development was an ill wind that blows no one any good.
Hear him; “Everyday we keep losing our young ones. Our state and national assets including buildings owned by law abiding citizens are being razed. Businesses are folding up. People are now scared to come home. Investors are running away. This is not what we want. We need peace in Imo state. Our group is leading the way for peace. We are ready to dialogue with the aggrieved the youths and I shall lead the journey if government sanctions it.
“Youths can talk to youths in a language they understand no matter how bad they are. Let the government stop military operation. We the youths for peace believe to calm the situation in the zone without gun for gun approach.. Let the government give us the chance to bring permanent solution by removing the army from the streets”.