Saturday, 16 January 2016

Biafra Agitation is Fruitless, Born in Ignorance – Oluse­gun Obasanjo

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.



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