Buhari: Biafra campaigners irresponsible

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President Muhammadu Buhari : says his government will not allow dismemberment of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari devoted part of the 57th Independence anniversary speech to remind campaigners for the dismemberment of Nigeria of the horrendous experience  of Nigeria’s civil war between 1967 and 1970.

Although he did not mention Biafra specifically in the broadcast, the reference was unmistakable as the Indigenous People of Biafra has been the champion of a new Biafra nation, to be excised from Nigeria.

President Buhari restated that the dismemberment  campaign, part of the wider legitimate call for restructuring of the Nigerian federation, has violated the red line.

He said his government will never allow such advocacy, being pushed by “irresponsible groups”.

” We can not and we will not allow such advocacy”, he said.

“As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a re-run were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through.

“I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through. Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the consequences of such folly.

“At all events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies. These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives”.

 


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  • Lawrence Okechukwu

    In democray people speak. Now you politicians have seen many people are agitating for the restoration of Biafra, instead of giving them opportunity to choose through referendum, you are kiling them and threatening others. Is that wise? You people are liars and hipocrites. If you love Igbos and Biafrans, why do you treat them with such hate? Even your lack of intelligence and good intention is seen in the fact that you have seen how determined they are, instead of sincerely approaching them, you are taking python dance to them, killing them. Listen Buhari, for one dead Biafran, our resolve becomes a million times restrengthened. So if you think you can kill Biafra, keep it up. We are never discouraged. Only one thing will discourage us, kneel down and beg us to appease the souls of the dead after you have given us a referendum to choose.