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Following the recent protest for the actualisation of Biafra Republic, the Igbos have been urged to dialogue with the federal government rather than engage in the process of secession from the country.
Senator Mustapha Bukar (APC Katsina North), who gave the advice at the weekend in Abuja, commended the efforts of the governors and traditional rulers in the region in persuading the agitators to explore the option of dialogue.
There were massive protests in some parts of the South-East and South-South regions in recent weeks by the defunct Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, over their renewed call for the Republic of Biafra.
But Senator Bukar observed that those calling for the renewed secession are young people who do not know what happened over four decades ago and urged the elderly ones to advise them appropriately, so as to avert another civil war in the country, which he believes is unnecessary.
“I think the South-East governors and traditional rulers have been talking to them and probably those behind them to toe the path of dialogue which is a good development and I commend them for that,” he said.
According to him, “the Igbos have benefitted from the nation’s magnanimity which has made them wealthier compared to people from other geographical zones, even as they are scattered all over the nation.”
Senator Bukar described the ongoing agitation for the independence of Biafra as senseless, noting that it is time for the truth to be told so as to collectively move the nation forward.
The lawmaker stressed that if for any reason such struggle was necessitated, it should be by dialogue which is the best form of approach in any democratic setting as it is right now in Nigeria.
“We had Biafra before and I think it is high time we sit down and tell ourselves the truth. In democracy if you have things like that, you don’t start asking for secession, but you can start asking for your right. If we have made mistakes before, then we have to own up to that responsibility rather than behaving funny so that our feelings can be understood by others.
“I think we have existed for over a 100 years and we all need each other. If you look at the people of the South-East in terms of population, you find them all over the country with their living conditions better than people from other zones. So, it does not make sense for them to be asking for things they know are impossible,” Senator Bukar maintained.