Pro-Biafra Protests Could Scuttle Igbo Presidency In 2023, South-East APC Warns MASSOB, IPOB
As the agitation for Biafra among youths in the South-East and some parts of the South-South gains momentum, the forces behind the protests namely the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as other separatist groups, have been urged to stop beating their war drums so as not to jeopardize the chances of the Igbo producing Nigeria’s president in 2023.
The South-East zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, made the plea on Sunday in reaction to the pro-Biafra protests that have grounded economic activities in the region to a halt since they began over a week ago.
The protesters are calling for the release of the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who is being held by the Nigerian government.
The South-East APC spokesman, Osita Okechukwu in a statement said: “Whereas we agree that there is gross unemployment, discontent and despondency among youths in the land; however it is not peculiar to the South East alone. The gross unemployment is nationwide and would be addressed totally; luckily our son distinguished senator Chris Ngige is the minister in charge of employment”.
The South-East APC urged the pro-Biafra agitators to put an end to their mass action in the overall interest of Ndigbo at home, across the country and abroad, noting that as the Igbo record shows, “it’s better to jaw-jaw than to war-war”.
Okechukwu added that “dialogue is the best solution, albeit we are doing relatively well across the country and our human development index is one of the highest”.
The statement stressed that Ndigbo must be strategic in their agitation, as every evidence points to the fact that they would be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the progressive and prosperous Nigeria being brought to fruition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.