The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador (Professor) George Obiozor, has appealed to the Nigerian Army to be humane and compassionate in their relationship with commuters and people of the South-East of Nigeria.
He made the remarks when the GOC of the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Major General T.A Lagbaja, paid him a courtesy visit at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, GRA, Enugu on Tuesday.
Before commencing the meeting, the President General requested for a minute of silence in honour of two deceased First Ladies from the South-East, namely Chief (Mrs.) Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi and Chief (Mrs.) Adanma Okpara, widows of the former military Head of State, Major General J.T.U Aguiyi Ironsi, and Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Michael Okpara, the former Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, respectively.
The President General expressed his appreciation for having constant consultations with the GOC on the security situation in the South-East zone and emphasised the necessity to create conditions and environment to reduce tension and feeling of insecurity in the zone.
Obiozor informed the GOC of the various complaints by commuters on the roads in the South-East zone over Army checkpoints.
He then appealed to the GOC to kindly look into these complaints.
Responding, the GOC promised to look into the complaints, including the issue of demanding that commuters come out of their vehicles and raise their hands while crossing the checkpoints.