|Orji Uzor & Nnamdi Kanu|
While speaking at a joint press conference with members of the coalition of northern groups (CNG) in Abuja on Tuesday, former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, promised to engage the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in a discussion.
The influential APC chieftain who admitted that he tried the approach when he was governor and it worked, said the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra has done a lot of damage to the economy of the south-eastern part of the country.
Kalu said it is an issue of great concern to the region and that young people do not know the extent of the damage. “The GDP of the area has gone down grossly; I am an entrepreneur and I know it,” he said.
“Cameroon, Chad, Niger and others used to buy goods from Aba, now how many of them still go there? We resolved this issue when I was the governor of Abia; I resolved it with Ralph Uwazuruike and he listened; we will speak with Nnamdi Kanu and he will listen.”
Orji Kalu said the diversity and demography of Nigeria were its strength, adding that every part of the country has something to offer for its development, and urged all those calling for secession to support the call for restructuring “as it does not mean breaking up the country.”
“Nigeria needs to restructure economically and other wise. Many states cannot pay salaries. We need to put more money on capital projects, I recommend 25 per cent for recurrent and 75 per cent for capital.
"If the federal and state governments had invested in agriculture, the north should be making about 150 billion dollars from agriculture yearly.
“This is the only country that traverses from Atlantic Ocean to Sahara desert; some people are asking God to give them just one; we have to keep the country united,” he said. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>