Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, gave a damming verdict that the hope of a Biafran Republic was dead, adding that those involved in the ongoing protests were doing so out of error and ignorance.
Obasanjo, who spoke in Abuja during a roundtable discussion, organised by Nextier Advisory, a public sector advisory firm, with the theme “Nigeria and the Biafra Agitation”.
Patrick O. Okigbo III spearheaded the event.
The former president who is known for his blunt remarks, rather urged leaders from the South-east geopolitical zone to call the protesters to order. He said only those who did not experience the Nigerian civil war would embark on such a fruitless exercise.
While absolving the Igbo of any blame by voting for former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last general elections, Obasanjo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prove that Nigeria was his constituency, by acting like God who gives rain to the good and the bad.
“No right-thinking person who has experienced the horror of war will ever agitate for more war. Most wars stem from real and perceived injustices and dissatisfaction and invariably wars emanate from a desire to correct or redress such situations.
“Our civil war was not any different. But at the end, almost all wars, jaw-jaw takes over from boom and devastation of the gun. That is the path of wisdom, prudence and political sagacity. If the elders abdicate their responsibility to the immaturity, inadequate experience, unrealistic idealism and the frustration of the young, it will no doubt lead to disaster.
“The solution is first for elders in the South-east to caution realism and sanity among the youth and for the president to prove that Nigeria is his constituency, he should act like God who gives rain to the good and the bad, just and the unjust, in the world equally as the world belongs to God in totality,” he remarked.
The former president, who said he was cautious of getting into a debate on Biafra, said: “The agitation was born in error and ignorance.”
He said the agitation had become commercialised, an industry through which some people made money from gullible people.