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Buhari asks Ibos to forget Biafra

14 September 2016, 10:53

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Youth Service Corps members of Igbo extraction to tell their colleagues that there remained no hope for a sovereign Biafran State, Punch reports.

Through a statement Buhari said that the corps members should do everything to ensure that Nigeria remained unified. Before adding that he had fought as a young soldier during the civil war to ensure unity in Nigeria.

"As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a border town between the North and the East, to the border between Cameroun and Nigeria. I walked on foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War, in which at least two million Nigerians were killed.

Also read: MASSOB to mark 17 years of Biafra agitation

“We were made by our leaders to go and fight Biafra not because of money or oil, because oil was not a critical factor then, but because of one Nigeria.

"Thus, if leaderships at various levels failed, it was not the fault of the rest of Nigerians who had no quarrel with one another. So, please tell your colleagues that we must be together to build this country. It is big enough for us and potentially big enough in terms of resources," Buhari said.

Meanwhile News24 reported that Police Command in Anambra said 14 suspected Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) members had been arrested in Onitsha over alleged illegal procession.

Nkeiruka Nwode, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha on Tuesday.

Nwode said that the arrests were carried out in different parts of the town during a procession by the group to mark 17 years of its existence.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News 24


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