Sunday, 4 June 2017

Ojukwu thought he could pocket the rest of the country-Northern Elders Forum Spokesman, Abdullahi

Professor Ango Abdullahi, spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum [NEF], speaking on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum has called on the incumbent administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to deal decisively with any group agitating for secession.

Abdullahi said this is in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution relating to the rule of law.
He claimed that historically, it was Igbos who attacked Nigeria as their leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, tried to pocket the rest of the country.
Abdullahi maintained that the renewed agitation for Biafra cannot be detached from the normal politicking in the country.
“Well, we should be mindful of the fact that the renewed agitation cannot be detached from the politics of Nigeria. It is not new and not different from normal politicking that has been taking place in Nigeria since independence.
“Biafra agitation arose from the Nigerian political process. It came from a power struggle in the First Republic, which culminated in the assassination of the First Republic leaders and the subsequent emergence of Ojukwu.
Incidentally, it was Ojukwu, who suspected that the Igbos were being attacked whereas it was the Igbos who attacked Nigeria. It should be noted that Ojukwu, assisted by Igbo intellectuals, thought they should pocket the rest of Nigeria.
'Thus, the so-called Biafra agitation is rooted in the 1966 coup and I want to say that if people are still asking for Biafra almost 50 years after the civil war, then it is necessary for us to sit down and ask ourselves how we want the nation to be.
'In dealing with the renewed Biafran agitation, the Federal Government should adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution relating to the rule of law.
'Accordingly, the Federal Government should be firm in dealing with any individual or group trying to create problems for the rest of Nigeria under any guise', he said..

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