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Mere demonstrations not enough to actualize Biafra, says ex-presidential candidate

21 May 2016, 14:00

Abuja – Demonstrations and protests by members of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are not enough to actualize Biafra, an official has reportedly said.

According to Daily Post, former presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, said there was need for the pro-Biagra agitators should follow the path way of political dialogue rather than demonstrations.

“Mere demonstrations and protests cannot achieve Biafra. I will advise them to use a political option. As a matter of fact, President Muhammad Buhari has tacitly suggested that when he spoke with an international news channel,” he was quoted as saying.

Okorie’s remarks came just two days after IPOB warned media against distorting the history and geography of the region

Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, Spokesperson for IPOB, said some “self-serving individuals and moribund groups have pigeon-holed Biafra into Igbo”.

“They interchange and juxtapose Biafra and Igbo as if both are synonyms,” said Iroanya.

He said the restoration of the nation of Biafra was not an exclusively Igbo cause but involved all the rest of the clans in Biafra.

- News24 Nigeria

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