Lagos – Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly urged Nigerians not to take the current agitation for the resurrection of the Biafra secessionist seriously, describing it as a "hopeless and futile exercise".
According to Punch, Obasanjo said this while presenting a paper titled: "Resurgent Biafra Agitation: Born in Error, Ignorance and Frustration," in Abuja.
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"No right-thinking person who has experienced the horror or war will ever agitate for more war... Nigeria cannot afford to go from Boko Haram insurgency to any other insurgency under any guise. And on no account should we wittingly or unwittingly allow this to happen again," Obasanjo was quoted as saying.
Obasanjo's remarks came a few days after the spokesperson of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Emma Powerful, insisted that Biafra was not seceding, but only fighting for the restoration of its nation through peaceful protests.
In an interview with News24 Nigeria, Powerful denied that IPOB had plans to use violence to get its demands met, and called for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu and two others have been charged with treason and other related offences on account of his agitation for the secession of the South-East and other areas of the country to form a sovereign state of Biafra.
Read more at Punch.
- News24 Nigeria