- The dream of some Igbos for a Biafran republic has continued in Nigeria with many proffering solutions for Muhammadu Buhari's government
- A former governor of Anambra state and political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo has also spoken on on the alleged marginalisation of Igbos
The Biafran dream would likely become a reality with the way President Muhammadu Buhari is handling the issues of the country, a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has declared.
Ezeife, who was also political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, also blamed Buhari for the various violence and mayhem that have enveloped the entire country.
Business Day reports that while presenting his keynote address as the chairman of the Authority newspaper awards ceremony in Abuja, noted that there was injustice in some parts of the country and that if this persisted, Nigeria, as an entity, would be under serious threat.
“If injustice and marginalisation done to the south-east of Nigeria persist, then Biafra is a physical political entity. The Biafra as a physical political entity becomes inevitable and one Nigeria sizes to exist.
“Our people cannot leave without honour as it is now in Nigeria. That is why Ndigbo has the highest rate of suic*de during the slave trade.
“They say life without honour is not worth living nor are we still rejected as we do feel now in Nigeria and continue to remain in Nigeria much longer,” he said while commending Obasanjo for calling for an Igbo president in 2019.
The report further quoted him as saying: “What is Obasanjo’s motive in promoting Igbo president in 2019? It is simply for the survival of Nigeria. The problem of justice and marginalisation has been major sources of conflict between ethnic groups and regions of the country.
“As Obasanjo stated, it was part of his resolve for a just and fair country that made him to work for the emergence of a south-south president.
“On the Ogun front, his own home front, he is advocating now for a governor from Ogun West because they have never produce any governor because of peace and justice.”
In his remark, constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozehkhome, noted that while Nigerians have continued to be weighed down by the three major ethnic groups – Igbos, Hausas and the Yorubas, the other minority groups have been left to suffer.
“Ignoring the other ethnic groups especially the so called minority ethnic group will make us continue to experience ethnic violence in the country.
"There is great injustice in the country. We have 392 ethnic groups in Nigeria and 350 languages not only the faulty tripod of Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo,” he said.