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Thursday, 29 September 2016
Actualisation of Biafra no longer possible - Member, Ohaneze Ndigbo
The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu on Wednesday stated that with the current political situation in the country, the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra was no longer feasible.
Speaking at a gathering of the Abuja chapter of the pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Okechukwu observed that the lack of unity among agitators have made the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra more difficult to achieve.
According to Okechukwu, “If we must tell ourselves the truth, the greatest obstacle to the actualization of Biafra, was glaringly demonstrated by successive national conferences; the Abacha Conference and Jonathan Conference. In each of the two conferences, the issue of region was voted against by Enugu and Ebonyi states.
“The Jonathan Conference of 2014, for instance, was made up of pro-Biafra elements whom a lot had assumed will support regionalism as a prelude to secession. Other states like Ogun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross River and majority of Northern states rejected regionalism. To cap it all, the Jonathan Conference recommended the creation of over 50 states.”
“The agitation for Biafra sounds as a good music, much fun and furry as if it is the only route to Eldorado. This is false as some of us who lived in the defunct Biafra enclave can narrate. The question one had always posed is, can Biafra be achieved via democracy or by force? Most people, one had discussed with, had always told me it will be achieved via peaceful means, which in other words means democracy.”
Recall that the Senior pastor and General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, Apostle Johnson Suleman, had in June advised Igbos in the country to forget about the actualisation of Biafra, stressing that “It’s not achievable because the real people who would have fought for Biafra are no longer in existence.”