Former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally broken his silence on the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the agitations that has characterized the South East in the past days.

Jonathan posted a largely cryptic message on Facebook on “recent developments in the country” and called on the Council of State to intervene.

The former President posted the message on Friday following series of new twists to the crisis; including the military declaring that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) is a militant terrorist organisation.

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Jonathan wrote: “The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of good will to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides.

"Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel. Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other.

“Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in His infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned.

"In as much as there may be a need to enforce order, there is a greater need to reinforce our humanity and treat Nigerian citizens humanely whether they be from the North or South.

“Nothing justifies the desecration and destruction of religious places of worship or a police station. But even more so, nothing justifies the endangering of human life.

"Let us exchange ideas instead of exchanging insults and threats. Nigeria is going through tough times because God wants us to grow through tough times. We must be resolute as a people even as we know that it is impossible to deny the brotherhood of all Nigerians after over a century of a shared commonwealth.”

He signed off with his initials, “GEJ”, suggesting that he wrote the post himself.

The council of state is made up of former heads of state and governors of the 36 states of the federation, as well as heads of security agencies and some government bodies.

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