- Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume called on Igbos o forget the Biafra agitation
- He said the people will benefit more from staying in Nigeria
- He applauded the APC for their progress made in two years
Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Igbos to shelve the agitation for Biafra as it will not benefit them.
In an interview with Vanguard, Araraume said Igbos can still achieve their dream in Nigeria and don’t have to get Biafra before achieving them.
He said: "Well, what I know is that Nigeria is a sovereign nation and every governor and his deputy in the South-East took oath of office and oath of allegiance to the Constitution and sovereignty of our nation. Nigeria is one nation; the state governors took oath of office to defend this nation; the president also took oath of office to defend and protect this nation.
"And as citizens, we are Nigerians. We have the right to protest on issues but we cannot call for the dissolution of Nigeria. If there are issues, we must resolve them amicably. For this country to remain one, our past and present leaders made huge sacrifices; lives and property worth trillions of Naira were lost.
"Therefore, anybody thinking of breaking up Nigeria is not being fair to this nation. We are one and we will remain one. I can say that in spite of the present challenges, we will overcome and remain one. If you go to Gabon today, there are many Nigerians who were shipped to that country during the civil war and they cannot return home decades after that war.
He also spoke about the administration of the APC saying the party has achieved a lot in two years.
He said: “I would say the government has done well, looking at where we are coming from and the challenges the present government inherited. I will categorise our success in different areas. If you look at the area of security, the government has done well—if you consider that at the point we came in, it was almost impossible to live in Abuja. It was risky to even go to churches and mosques to worship in the FCT and many parts of the North.
“We lost parts of our territories in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa to Boko Haram. For example, to access Sambisa forest was almost impossible. And when the Buhari government came to power, he launched a frontal attack against Boko Haram. Army chiefs relocated to the North-East for effective coordination of the war against Boko Haram.
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“Today, we can see the result of the efforts: the terrorists have almost been decimated in those areas and Boko Haram has been chased out of Sambisa. Of course, those who had doubted whether Chibok girls were kidnapped or not, have no reason to doubt again as over 120 of them have been set free as a result of government’s efforts and they are currently being rehabilitated. It is a huge success and this has re-established hope and confidence in the international community which had almost doubted whether it would be possible to flush the criminal elements out of the North-East.
"The issue of kidnapping in some parts of the South-South and the South-East is also being addressed. Yes, there are still some incidents here and there but not in the worrisome manner they were when APC came on board. Generally, government has done well in dealing with insecurity.”
Meanwhile, the south west consultative forum gave its support for the Arewa Youths quit notice to the Igbo living in the North.
The group said Arewa youths consultative forum simply asked the Ndigbo to go back to their region so that they can continue with their Biafra nation agenda.
Daily Times reports that the forum made its support known in a meeting which was held in Ibadan over the weekend.
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