A call has gone out to pro-Biafra group under the auspice of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to reconsider their renewed calls for secession.
This plea was made by a constitutional lawyer and chairman of The Patriots, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN) Monday, November 30 in Lagos state.
According to Vangaurd reports, Nwabueze blamed bad leadership in the country for this the new wave of protest for Biafra stating that the solution to the problem does not lie in secession.
The legal luminary also added that sending the protesters to prison is either the solution.
He hinged the cause for the new protest to what he termed as injustice melted out to the people of the southeast of the country f by the administration of President Muhamamdu Buhari for the renewed agitation for Biafra.
Nwabueze said: “How can Nigeria with the kind of experience we had under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, elect another military commander and former head of the Federal Military Government as President. It doesn’t make sense. Have we ever sat down to reflect on this. It’s amnesia. Nigerians suffer from amnesia, loss of memory. We don’t have memory of the past. It’s possible the amnesia will repeat itself again after eight years, because President Muhammadu Buhari will go on for another eight years, and another military man will emerge and Nigerians will elect him.
“What we are experiencing now under the current administration shows you that our problem has been leadership. What Nigeria needs is a leader who will guide this country as one, and not one Northern Nigeria.
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“Nigeria needs a leader who will regard all the ethnic groups as his constituency. We have 389 ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. How do you coalesce them into one. That’s what is called the national question, which is more challenging than corruption. Who can do it? It’s not impossible. I believe that it can be done. But not under the present process, where somebody with the kind of Buhari’s background and credentials could be elected and get imposed on Nigerians through this so-called electoral process.”
He opined that Biafra is never the solution to the poor of Igbo saying that they have tried fighting for Biafra and failed. He warned that the continued protests by the Igbo might led to mass killing because the people of southeast are scatter all over the country.
“Between 1967 to 1970, when the war ended, millions of Igbos were killed. Is that what we want again? What did we achieve by that war? did we achieve Biafra? We didn’t. Is there any basis to think that it can be realised this time? Are we more prepared for it now than we were in 1967. Certainly not, we aren’t prepared for it,” the Igbo leader said.