The Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe has endorsed the non kinetic approach of resolving the violence in the south east region of the country.
It will be recalled that the approach is being canvassed by the Peace in South East Project (PISE-P) initiated by the members of the National Assembly from the region led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu.
The initiative has also received massive support and endorsement from the Presidency, the National Assembly leadership, the business and corporate worlds, the entertainment industry among others.
Speaking on Wednesday night when Kalu led a delegation of the PISE-P members to pay him a courtesy call in Abuja, Achebe commended the initiative, saying it was time restore peace in the South East.
He said: “Your spirit is in the right direction. We are looking for the same thing. We just have to join forces and make things happen. We want peace and reconciliation in Igboland. Our strength is in what we can do for ourselves.”
Earlier, the Deputy Speaker, Kalu said that PISE-P was conceived to address the sociological challenges in the South East, stressing kinetic means had not solved the issues of the region.
He said: “That’s why we came up with this concept to use the non kinetic approach, using these pillars that will include integration through infrastructures, skills acquisition, education, etc, to appeal to our people to calm down not to depending on the government alone.
“Time will not allow me to go through all of them but this is something that has been welcomed massively.”
Meanwhile, PISE-P is expected to be formally unveiled in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State on December 29, 2023.