South-East Economy Is Suffering Due To Biafra Agitation - Kalu
A former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, believes that the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra is adversely affecting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the South-East.
“The GDP of the area has gone down grossly. I am an entrepreneur and I know it.
“Cameroon, Chad, Niger and others used to buy goods from Aba. Now, how many of them still go there? He questioned.
He made the observation on Tuesday in Abuja, at a joint press conference with members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG).
The former governor has started consultations with the group following recent developments, threats and counter threats.
One man that has been in the eye of the storm since the agitation peaked is Nnamdi Kanu.
But Kalu says Nnamdi Kanu is not the only one talking about Biafra.
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He says he has access to other persons and will continue to hold talks with them.
“It is an issue of great concern to the region; the young people on the street do not know the damage the Biafra agitation does to the GDP of the region.
“We resolved this issue when I was the governor of Abia. I resolved it with Ralph Uwazulike and he listened. We will speak with Nnamdi Kanu and he will listen,” he said.
The former governor highlighted that Nigeria’s diversity and demography remain the nation’s strength.
He asked the coalition to support the call for restructuring, as it did not mean breaking up the country.
“Nigeria needs to restructure economically and other wise. Many states cannot pay salaries.
"We need to put more money on capital projects. I recommend 25% for recurrent and 75% for capital.
"If the federal and state governments had invested in agriculture, the North should be making about $150 billion from agriculture yearly.
"This is the only country that traverses from Atlantic Ocean to Sahara desert; some people are asking God to give them just one; we have to keep the country united,’’ he said.
Kalu assured southerners living in the North that they were safe.
A coalition of northern youths had issued an ultimatum to igbos in the north to leave the region before October 1.