Legendary singer, Onyeka Onwenu has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to withdraw troops deployed in the South East.
Onwenu, speaking at a press conference organised by the Credible Igbo Women Initiative in Lagos, expressed concerns over the wanton killings in Igboland.
The music veteran of Igbo descent asked the President to dialogue with secessionist agitators and youths in the region to end the killings.
She said, "Something dreadful is happening in south-east right now. I happened to come from Imo state and I know what people are passing through there. Please, the federal government should stop the killings
"Some people want to agitate for a referendum, it is their right. Some people want to cry out that they are being marginalized, it is their right. Listen to them. You may not agree with them, but they have the right to speak.
"We are begging, we are asking, please let us sit down and talk about what is going on. Let's call our people who are agitating, who are not happy with the situation and talk to them. Nigerian government let's talk. Pull out the troops from Igboland."
Onwenu also appealed to the youths to embrace dialogue with the government.
"I also want to use this opportunity to reach out to our young people to embrace dialogue. Please, come let's talk. We will stand for the right of Igbo people," Onwenu pleaded.