Chief Godwin Odukwe has blamed Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra for being responsible for his own misfortune and incarceration.
Kanu was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service in October 2015 and has is being arraigned on a charge of treason and other related offences. His continued detention has sparked protests in some parts of the country calling for his release and agitating for an independent Biafra state.
Vanguard reports that Odukwe who contested the throne of the Obi of Onitsha said during the celebration of his 50 years of marriage said he was very unhappy with the agitation for Biafra.
The chief said: “I personally believe that Mr. Kanu personally put himself into incarceration, his coming back to Nigeria, the abusive words and speech by him through Radio Biafra was unnecessary and uncalled for, it amounts to fanning the embers of war.
“I feel very bad on their agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra, Igbo suffered during the war, younger men who never knew what war looks like, are the people who have started talking about war by agitation for sovereign state of Biafra.”
He admitted that the south east region was being marginalised but rejected the confrontational method used by agitators under the aegis of Indigenous People of Biafra and Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra. He suggested that a round table discussion was preferable method to deal with the problem.
He said the region was suffering from infrastructural decay and needed to be on the same level with other ethnic groups in the country.
“We have to be at par and on equal level and with other parts of the federation. Look at the condition of South East roads, this country belongs to all of us, the money in this country belongs to all of us, and therefore, we should not be going through the marginalization we are seeing now,” he said.
Meanwhile, a group, South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organisations has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of tyranny following the continued detention of Sambo Dasuki, former security adviser and Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra even after they had been granted bail by courts.