- Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, explains why the Igbos cannot leave the country
- The Anambra state chapter of the groups says the Igbos cannot afford to exist alone due to investments
- The president of Ohaneze urges the agitators should use their stand to demand a better life for people
The Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter has dismissed the call for secession, saying Igbos cannot afford to exist alone.
NAIJ.com gathered that Chief Damian Okeke, the president of Ohaneze in the state, explained that Igbos can’t leave Nigeria because they have investments all over the country.
Okeke speaking in Awka said rather than call for secession, the agitators should use their pro-Biafra stand as a platform to demand a better life for people of the South East.
While insisting that Igbo leaders will not support agitation that may lead to war, Okeke noted that anybody who witnessed the Civil War like he did, would not want to experience another war.
According to Okeke, “Anyone who is marginalized will always feel bad.
“That is why we cannot completely condemn the youths for what they are doing. If not for what they are doing, we will not be discussing with the people of Niger Delta today.
“Because of what they are doing, we have a better understanding with the people of the South West today. Today, the Hausa nation, the Yoruba nation, and the Igbo nation are finding a common solution to Nigeria’s problems
“For the first time since the end of the civil war, the governors of the states in the former Eastern Region are meeting to ensure a better Nigeria.
“Even those in the National Assembly are meeting, just as the people of the Middle Belt have indicated their interest to discuss with our people.
“We have to admit that there is a problem in Nigeria and it is only when we acknowledge this that we will begin to find a solution. That is why we need to always speak with one voice because that is the only way we can achieve our goal.
“The truth may be bitter, but the fact is that we cannot exist in isolation. I cannot stay here and order our people to abandon their investments in other parts of Nigeria and come home immediately. That will not be the solution.
“What we advocate is that the rule of law must be obeyed and justice and equity ensured for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria. We agree that peace will reign in Nigeria if the right things are done.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com some prominent leaders in Benue and Rivers state have strongly rejected the plan by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to extend his proposed Biafra Republic to their states.
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The reaction of the leaders followed a claim by the IPOB leader that while he was in detention, an agent of the federal government had offered him to secede with the five Igbo states but that he rejected the offer because it did not constitute the complete territory of Biafra.
Speaking on the issue, a prominent Benue leader who is a retired police chief, Abubakar Tsav, said Kanu’s speech has shown that the IPOB leader must have some mental disorders.
In the video below NAIJ.com TV takes a critical look at Nnamdi Kanu and the struggle for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.