|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.
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