How Igbos In Adamawa Feel About Biafra Agitation
Agitations for Biafra have resulted in several deaths and destruction of property, and last week was the climax of it.
But the Igbo community in Adamawa are not in support of the push for a Biafra republic.
They believe it is unnecessary.
Chief Godwin Onemaka, the leader of the community in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Thursday that there were consequences that agitators must see.
He believes the divisive activities of the agitators could plunge Nigeria into chaos, citing the devastating impact of the civil war.
“Biafra agitation has failed and there is no need to restart it. The agitators should consider the interests of the Igbos in other parts of the country.
“We, the Igbos in Adamawa, kick against the agitations for Biafra and we view it as an unnecessary push capable of plunging the nation into crisis.
“We advise the agitators to stop, so that Nigeria will remain united and they should remember that since the agitation had failed in the past, revisiting it is unnecessary.
“We are looking for a way of developing ourselves and the country while most of us have invested much outside south eastern part of the country.
“So, we want to distance ourselves from the agitation, we have lived in the northern part of the country for years and our children have studied there most of whom are graduates now,’’ Onemaka said.
The leader also commended the south eastern state governors for intervening in the matter but expressed concern about declaring the agitators as terrorists.
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A group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), championing the course of a Biafran republic in recent times was proscribed by the Nigerian government on Wednesday.
The government had sought the proscription in a request it submitted with a Federal High Court in the nation's capital city which the court granted.
According to the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, their activities bear marks of terrorism.
He insisted that the decision of the military to categorise the group as a Militant Terrorist Organisation was in order.
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