- The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has condemned Biafra calls for secession and the quit notice by Arewa youths
- MOSOP president, Legborsi Pyagbara, noted that the level of marginalization in the country was becoming disturbing
- The group maintains that fiscal federalism is the solution for the country's issues
A mass‐based social movement organization called the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, (MOSOP), has condemned agitations for separation of the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that the apex body of the Ogoni people insisted on the restructuring of the country, while maintaining that fiscal federalism was the solution for the plethora of issues troubling the nation.
On Monday, July 3, MOSOP president, Legborsi Pyagbara, in Port Harcourt noted that the level of marginalization in the country was worrisome and should be addressed.
Pyagbara said: “Several issues are currently buffeting the Nigeria-nation state and require immediate response for Nigeria to avoid our descent into anarchy and disintegration.
“MOSOP has been concerned about recent events in the country which have the ominous potential of triggering national disintegration if not speedily addressed.
“First is the issue of resurgent Biafra separatism and second, a counter Arewa intolerance expressed in the ultimatum to all Igbo to leave the North.
“MOSOP categorically and irrevocably rejects the two extremes, none of which will improve the miserable condition of the people who the antagonists are claiming to represent.
“Most countries of the world finding themselves in similar situations like us have had to look inwards and search for solutions that are adaptable to their environments and meets the needs of the various centrifugal forces that make up the country.
“For the Nigerian state to survive, it must be seen to demonstrate equity, justice and fairness by creating political space for the sub-national entities to develop at their own space, while ensuring protection for national minorities and Indigenous communities.
“The Ogoni Bill of Rights, which is the basis of the Ogoni struggle, emphasises local autonomy for the Ogoni people and other Nigerian communities that are threatened by internal colonialism.
“MOSOP totally condemns the neglect of East-West road, especially Akpajo Eleme axis, which, of course, is now impassable. This is condemnable and unacceptable.
“This level of neglect goes along to show why restructuring this nation is very important. We are holding Federal Government and Rivers State Government responsible for the condition of the road. It clearly shows that they do not care for our people.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Igbos will be worst hit should Nigeria break up.
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The party's national treasurer George Moghalu while speaking at the Anambra Consensus Forum in Akwa on Monday, July 3, advised the Igbo people to drop the call for secession of the South-East and South-South region.
Moghalu also urged the Igbos to embrace the growing call for the restructuring of Nigeria.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nnamdi Kanu addressing his followers in his hometown: