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OBJ On Biafra: It Took The Americans A century to Get to Where we are Today !

This Is Obasanjo’s View About Biafra In his Last Interview. As one of the leading soldiers that participated in bringing an end to the Biafra war, how do you feel about the fresh agitation for Biafra?. Fake agitation; you people make a mountain out of a molehill. These are boys who want to take people unawares and get money out of them in the name of Biafra. These are people you should ignore, I don’t talk about Biafra. (Philip) Effiong came and said Biafra ceased to exist and since that day, Biafra has ceased to exist.

Were there some promises the Nigerian state made to the Igbo nation which were not fulfilled?

Not as far as Biafra is concerned. We absorbed those we should absorb both into the civil service and into the military. Even those we didn’t absorb, who we initially regarded as being retired without benefit, later on we even gave them their benefits. Abandoned houses were returned. Within 10 years of the end of the civil war, an Igbo man became the vice-president of our country. It took the Americans 100 years before they got to that point. So, what are you talking about?.

They have held different ministerial positions existing in this country. We have Igbo as the Governor of Central Bank, Igbo has headed many parastatals in this country. That’s why these miscreants should be ignored. They want to get money and they go round and say, ‘We are still being victimised. We are still being treated badly in Nigeria,’ so that they can take money from people.

Don’t you think that Igbo leaders are not speaking against this phenomenon?

I won’t blame the Igbo leaders. I will ignore them (the agitators). The Igbo leaders that I’ve talked about, I mean the ones I’ve mentioned; Joe Irukwu won’t go out and do that type of thing, and many of them. The people who are doing this are the same people you will find in 419, they are the same people you will find in drugs. This (pro-Biafra agitation) is another source of money for them as far as they are concerned.

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  1. Izuchi Joseph

    But he is saying the truth. Go to niger delta today, those that cry for resource control are all leaving in an incubator. Their brothers who want a legitimate live are in the tatch houses. Even the so called resource control, how many of them have access to it. Please let us have a focus in this country.

  2. Nnamani Stephen Okechukwu

    I am sorry to say that the igboman does not understand the distinction between excessive GREED and MARGINALIZATION.

  3. Ejykman Anichebe

    Nobody is marginalising Ndigbo. Our political direction is our choice. We may not have been favoured in recent appointments but we shall strive hard to maintain relevance. We must therefore not take a plunge into the abyss: by reviving the Biafran agitation. That is ill conceived and a poor strategy. The evolution of a Nation State out of a Country takes more than this mere street agitation. We must review our methods and better still key more strongly into a country that is still evolving. It is not all woes for Ndigbo. There is nothing to warrant a second secession. We have not recovered from the earlier one.

    • Yakub Muraina

      People like you are what make us to believe that not all ndigbos are dumb. The rest are just miscreants who failed to, like Ralph Uwechu said of Ojukwu, “see what was (and now is) clearly a feasiable disaster to his people”. They will called for a war like this before they later accuse Nigeria of genocide.

  4. Naijagisto

    The same fools calling for biafra now will be the first to flee and seek asylum in Uk or other foreign countries when the bullets start flying…..its clear that most of these miscreants or cowards calling for secession now were not born during the first civil war…so they hardly know the realities or practical…only just theories and diluted or edited tales of the last civil war….mostly women children and innocent civilians died for one man’s greed and stupidity…..anyone with a brain will not want to relive the past or witness the civil war crisis again in his or her lifetime….people should learn from other african countries still suffering and yet to recover from such crisis eg liberia, Guinea, Cote dvoire, Sierra Leone etc

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    Where in the world did these Igbo find the word lazy to describe other tribes in Nigeria. I guess they are the only hard working people in the country. They own every business and industry. They just petty traders . They should stop complaining of marginalization . I didn’t hear of all that cry during GEJ tenure when they grabbed virtually everything . If the Igbos want to go let them go. But let them not fool themselves that the efik, ibibio, delta, rivers, etc will go with them. They better go and redraw their map to exclude those people . They will be shocked to see how land locked they are. I hope the reasonable ones will call these 419 boys to order.
    I have many Igbo friends and they do not share this stupid call for Biafra.
    I was a small child living in Ikot- Ekpene Akwa Ibom state when the war broke out. You cannot imagine the the impact on our family and especially my step brothers . If you ever witnessed a war, you will never agitate for another . So let these small boys stop this nonsense . Let’s live as one Nigeria. United we stand and divided we fall.


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