Shelve `Biafra’, negotiate for Nigeria’s presidency, Abia APC chairman urges Igbos

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia, Donatus Nwankpa, has advised pro-Biafra agitators to shelve their secession plan and negotiate to produce an Igbo president in the country.

Mr. Nwankpa gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Sunday.

The APC chieftain stated that the agitation for a Biafra Republic is not a viable option for the south-east zone of the country.

“For the Biafran agitators, I think Ndigbo need two things: One is that they should try and produce a president of Nigeria.

“They should try and work hard to see that a president comes from the south-east.’’

Mr. Nwankpa said a president of Igbo extraction would make the ‘no victor, no vanquished’ declaration at the end of the 30-month Nigerian civil war more realistic.

He, therefore, urged prominent Igbo politicians to mobilise their resources and contacts to negotiate for an Igbo president.

Mr. Nwankpa further said Ndigbo needed to ensure massive infrastructure and economic development of the zone.

“An Igbo man is hardworking, industrious and creative.

“He does not need government empowerment, which to me, only makes people lazy.

“The Igbo man needs good roads, regular power supply and a conducive economic climate to drive his enterprise to the peak.”

Mr. Nwankpa, a one-time state legislator, also spoke on the growing agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria along regional lines.

“The agitation for restructuring has to do with the problem of discomfort and suspicion of one another in the country,” he said.

He said Nigerians needed to understand and coexist peacefully rather than to tolerate one another.

The APC chair further said there was nothing wrong with the present structure of the country and its constitution.

He said, “the Nigerian constitution is one of the best drafted constitutions in the world.”

Mr. Nwankpa blamed the underdevelopment of some sections of the country on the excesses and self-aggrandisement of some of the past and present governors.

He alleged that the governors wielded so much power but failed to channel such power toward the development of the country.

Mr. Nwankpa described the three-month ultimatum issued to Ndigbo by some Arewa youth as “a wake-up call on Ndigbo to come home and invest and develop their area.”

(NAN)


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  • Iragbijiile Grant

    Biafraud must be achieved. We don’t want them . . .

  • Fidelis Onwuzurike

    By the time you let them go,we shall know where fraud will be in prevailing.

    • Karl Imom

      They are free to vacate Nigeria NOW!

      • logmein2nite

        They are not free. You want to steal our property and your army is everywhere in our land. Oloshi.

        • Karl Imom

          Biafra must be achieved and now. Petty swine!!

        • Djong22

          Nobody can take your legitimate properties if it is well documented.. C/O i.e Certificate of Occupancy and others.. That is international norms.. No one should be afraid of that… Just get the necessary legal document that will back it up… Once there is a new nation called Biafra.. Nigerian government knows the rules

  • Peace Forall

    We are not interested in the fantastic corrupt and murderous zoo presidency neither in nigeria floundering without vision and purpose. Yorubas should tell their brother called Osibanjo pastor and lawyer to allow a peaceful referendum on Biafra as it’s done in every civilized society because there is no need for Osibanjo to course unnecessary tension between the Igbos and yorubas. The civilized world has decided that self-determination is an inalienable right therefore the agitation and Restoration of Biafra’s sovereignty is justified under international law and practice. Our right ultimately what we must fight and die for. May God lend the so called elders, directionless leaders, corrupt political leaders and rogue elites brain to evict this looming disaster and do the needful. As long as we Biafran youths are concerned Biafra must be restored.

    • Karl Imom

      Why do you need a referendum to vacate? Referendum is waste of time, just go!! You only restore what previously existed in the past. There had never been any Biafra in the past, so what are you restoring, just go, Nigeria does not need you.

      • logmein2nite

        I know you people don’t want us to go, that’s why you don’t want to put in place an orderly process. We’re not Zoo animals like you. We’re civilized and dare you to arrange a referendum so our actions will have legitimacy and the terms of our exit negotiated and implemented. Please you are dealing with Igbos – a dignified, highly intelligent people, Ok. Stop pretending. But no matter all your crying and weeping eventually Biafra has come.

    • NwaIgbo

      Sorry, a very percentage of the youth cannot be the spokes person of all Igbos, nevertheless, Nigeria needs to sit down and dialogue with every one crying in Nigeria. Prof Osinbanjo is trying indeed.

  • obiora

    we want Biafran president and not Nigeria.

  • logmein2nite

    “Shelve `Biafra’, negotiate for Nigeria’s presidency, Abia APC chairman urges Igbos.” Because he is eating today from the table of the enemy. When they kick him out now he will become a freedom fighter. Animal in human skin.

    • NoSpinEd

      The prophetic clarion of the voice of reason can be annoying to some of our compatriots who are emotionally vested in a utopian quest. An Ibo presidency is not an unreasonable alternative. Our industrious Ibo brothers can most certainly find, in their midst, a qualified Ibo statesman, a modern day “Zik of Africa”, fluent in Yoruba and Hausa and thoroughly de-tribalized to help unite the country under the banner: One nation, one destiny.

  • Powerlessconscious

    It is biafraud or DEATH.

  • UKVoter

    Igbos are not interested in Nigeria.

  • Djong22

    All these crumbs ranters can say anything to keep their stomach flowing on.. But sadly, we do not want anything again from that contraption called Nigeria.. You will know our resolved by next Anambra state governorship that Biafrans have decided… When we started, they said we are online freedom fighters.. But today, we are no more online but our flags are flying high in Abuja… I could remember the day I posted about Biafra remembrance day coming 2014! Many were astonished about hearing it for their first time.. Some doubted it and which was normal then.. But at the end.. Biafra is unloading… Either we get Biafra or There will be nothing like Nigeria again… Self determination is our sacred and inalienable rights which is enshrined in UN constitution