- Chief Bode George, a former military chief, commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for taking steps since the agitations began
- George, a PDP chieftain, also asked Osinbajo and the federal government to take a clue from Lagos state where people have lived peacefully
Elderstatesman and former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to consult two former heads of government concerning the current agitation for Biafra.
George advised Osinbajo to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, as well as top some elders of the country including civil war veterans like TY Danjumah to discuss the way forward over the demand by Igbo people and the threat from the north.
Obasanjo and Gowon played prominent roles in during the civil war in Nigeria and George, a retired military officer, thinks they have some experience and could speak on the agitation.
In a statement reported by Punch, George commended Osinbajo for his recent meetings with some Igbo and northern politicians.
“The current consultations that our government has embarked upon across the tribal divide are laudable and exemplary.
"But the government should do more. It should widen the consultation efforts by inviting formidable elders and statesmen who were active participants and managers of our nation during the dark drama of our civil war.
“The chastening voices of General Yakubu Gowon, General Obasanjo, General TY Danjuma, General Alani Akinrinade, General Alabi Isama, General Haruna, General Babangida, General Abdulsalami, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Governor Achike Udenwa, Col Iheanacho (retd), Rear-Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, and many others on both sides of the divide at that time, will go a long way in tempering the flight of fancy of the intemperate agitators who have never heard a gunshot in anger.
“The experiences of these statesmen and builders of our nation should be more than enough to caution those who are presently preaching the politics of division,” the statement said.
While warning that no country can survive two civil wars, he advised the agitators to embrace peace and work for the unity of the Nigeria.
“Here in my home state and my native root of Lagos, there is no ethnic group in Nigeria that is not represented from Isale Eko to the most distant outreach of Badagry.
“Lagos is the Nigerian giant melting pot where everyone is given equal opportunities to realise his ambition.
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“There is no discrimination or bigotry here. Everyone is welcome with open arms to contribute to the centrality of our commercial vision.
“As a trading post and the commercial nerve of our nation, the progress of Lagos with over N26bn monthly internally generated revenue is a collective contribution of everyone who calls Lagos home,” George said.
NAIJ.com had earlier quoted human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), as revealing that the person who actually sponsored the quit notice to Igbo people in the northern part of Nigeria recently resides in Lagos.
Speaking at a press briefing organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on the agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Falana noted that the youths who made the threat actually had a sponsor.
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