– Both groups say that President Buhari’s advise that Igbos should abandon their agitations for Biafra is not appropriate
Igbo groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Ohaneze Ndigbo, have rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment advising them to drop agitations for realisation of Biafra republic.
Vanguard reports that the two groups have condemned President Buhari’s words and vowed to continue with the agitations.
According to IPOB in a statement signed by its spokesman Emma Powerful, the president’s advice during a meeting with South-East traditional rulers that his visitors, should advise their subjects to forget Biafra showed that Buhari and his the people around him were far away from the reality on ground.
“They forgot that there is no how Nigeria can be one again because of the cheating from the people ruling the country. They also forgot that there are those who came to rule Nigeria in perpetuity are of the knowledge that Nigeria is not going to be one country in the near future,” the group said.
“There is no way a country where cheats, quota system, imbalance of states and local government areas and lopsided sharing are the order of the day can be one indivisible entity.
“Those who created 19 states in northern part and 17 states in the southern part of Nigeria and more local government areas are aware before the creation that one day Nigeria will be a divided nation.
“With the fraudulent falsification of Nigeria census figures against the Biafrans since the colonial era, they know very well that one day Nigeria will be a thing of the past.
“We are also aware that those at the corridors of power in Nigeria are aware that Nigeria is sinking but refused to tell the president the truth on the ground about the coming of Biafra.”
A former secretary general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Nduka Eya advised President Buhari to stop daydreaming because Biafra is already a reality.
“The man (Buhari) is day-dreaming. He has the solutions to Nigeria’s problems in the resolutions of the last National Conference through restructuring but he is not doing anything.
“Biafra is a reality, people should not be angry because time shall tell. Abacha gagged Nigeria in his own time until God called him and MKO Abiola. Nobody should worry about whatever he says but if he thinks that Biafra is something to be wished away, then Biafra will overtake him. All I can say is that oppression stops when the oppressed says no.”
Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu state, Hon. Fidelix Ojobo supported Eya’s position and advised President Buhari to do the right thing.
He said: “The issue of Biafra is not a bad agitation and it is also not violent. The Igbo will keep agitating. Biafra has come to be whether he supports Biafra or not.
“We are operating democratic system of government and he should organise a constitutional conference and seek people’s views, because a referendum will help immensely to solve problems of this country.”
Recall that President Buhari recently advised Biafra agitators to abandon their movement and join hands to move Nigeria forward.
In a statement by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Buhari was quoted as saying focus should be on development.
The president made this comment on Thursday, December 1 while at a meeting with the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers at the State House.