Ohanaeze Gives Up On Biafra, Canvasses Restructuring
A Biafran flag being hoisted by agitators. File

Achieving an independent state of Biafra is not attainable and thus restructuring should b pursued, says Igbo group Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Deputy National President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Prof. Chigozie Ogbu revealed this in Abakaliki, while delivering a speech at a town hall meeting on Wednesday.

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According to Ogbu, “Some of our sons and daughters who have gotten sober with Nigeria and decided that they don’t want to belong to Nigeria any more, maintained that Igbos have no reason to belong to Nigeria, formed these secessionist groups.

“But we have looked at that very carefully, and found that achieving an independent Biafran State is ‘non starter,’ given processes involved unless through war.

“The only thing that may take you even there is war and nobody here who witnessed the civil war will ever wish war for Ndigbo anymore.

“So, we dialogued with them, we talked with them and said to them let’s start with restructuring, let’s get it right this time, may be with time we can have plebiscite to determine whether we can have Biafra or not.

“So, people should understand that Biafra is not feasible at this time if you analyse all the processes involved. They are talking about referendum; referendum is not contained in the 1999 Nigeria constitution.

“Let those who interact with them tell them that Igbos should not short change themselves; we are trying to see how we can right some wrongs done to Igbos and I think we will achieve that if we work together.”