The Nigerian Senate and Service Chiefs will meet to discuss the crisis in South East Region of Nigeria that has lead to deaths and destruction of property.

Senate President Bukula Saraki said on Sunday that the meeting will focus on charting a path for resolution of contentious issues engendering tension in the South-East.

No date was given for the meeting, but he said it would hold shortly.

Skirmishes in Plateau State will also be discussed at the meeting.

In a statement on Sunday in Abuja, Dr. Saraki asked security agencies, political and religious leaders to work for the promotion of dialogue as means for tackling agitations, to ensure peace in Nigeria.

The Senate President also urged all Nigerians to maintain peace and avoid statements or actions capable of aggravating the tension in parts of the country.

In the statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, he linked the crisis to the economic challenges being faced by citizens.

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“The tension in some parts of the country has its roots substantially in the economic situation.

“The nation should be assured that some of the legislative and executive actions taken to address the economic problems are beginning to yield fruits.

“This is why we recently witnessed the rebound of the economy and the exit of the country from recession,” he said.

Saraki wants calm among the people, especially in the South-East and Plateau, saying that the government required the cooperation of everyone in solving all problems.

“I want to appeal to our people to avoid stoking ethnic or religious fires. We should not deepen the fault lines of our nation and place citizens in danger of violence and sustained crises.

“The government requires the support of all Nigerians and we should please give peace a chance. No real development or genuine economic activity can take place in the midst of crisis or tension.

“Investments and development thrive only where there is peace,” Saraki said.

He advised political, community and religious leaders to take actions that would douse the tension and reassure the people that the best way was for us to live together in peace and harmony.

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