The group said rather than clampdown on the youths, who are protesting under the aegis of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Federal Government should be persuaded to release the detained Director of Radio Biafra and IPOB leader, Daniel Kanu.
The Patriots made this position known at a press briefing on Friday.
Some of the members of The Patriots at the briefing included, Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN), Chief Philip Asiodu and Mr. Michael Orobator, among others.
The group also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to see the national question as the country’s foremost problem, noting that it is more challenging than corruption.
Chairman of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), who spoke on behalf of the group in Lagos, also advised the Federal Government to avoid being selective in its anti-corruption war.
“The Federal Government should try to deal with the protests in a more matured way and not by arresting everybody and putting them in prison. That will accentuate the whole situation.
“I think they should reason with these youngsters. They are young people. In my view, I will say to the protesters not to put the entire people, the people into another situation which they did not bargain for. We have to consider what has given rise to these protests. I don’t necessarily see that the protesters want Biafra actualized. It is the general condition in the country. It involves unemployment and other serious issues which have given rise to youth unrest and protests.
“It is the feeling of the youths. What do you expect from the youths who spend three, four or more years after graduation? The second issue that has given rise to the protests is the issue of injustice. Some areas of the country feel that they have not been well treated.
“They feel that they are treated as if they do not belong to the country. Consider the recent appointments in government by our President and the way they are slanted to favour a particular section of the country”, The Patriots said.