A former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said Igbo are fighting for the creation of Biafra because they feel cheated in Nigeria, Concise News reports.
Ekweremadu said this on Tuesday during the 2nd Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Memorial Lecture at the Igbariam campus of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University in Anambra State.
According to him, the South East people are not happy with the state of things in Nigeria, claiming that there is an imbalance against the region.
He noted that it is the imbalance against the Ndigbo that has led to the younger generation agitating for an independent nation for their people.
The lawmaker claimed that the revenue sharing formula, as well as the distribution of the country’s wealth, did not favour the Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo have many grouses, which have made them not to be satisfied in the system, among which are the distribution of national wealth and infrastructure,” he said.
“This state of affairs does not make South Eat to move forward. There are those, especially the younger generation that believes that the best way forward was separation from the Nigerian state and the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
“This has resulted in agitations getting to a crescendo in recent years. But on the other hand, the school of thought to which I belong, believe that Igbo can actualize their potentials in a structured Nigeria.
“The Igbo, at various fora, have expressed their belief in a united Nigeria, but there is a need for true federalism, separation of powers, structural balance, rotational presidency, issue of local government creation, six-year one tenure for the president, among others.”