We can never be part of Biafra - Kogi, Benue and Rivers leaders tell Nnamdi Kanu
- Spokesman of Igala Socio-Cultural group, Barry Moses Idakwo, says the inclusion of Kogi state has made nonsense of the ancient Igala nation
- Ex-minister Jerry Agada says Idoma land and Benue state has a whole should be left out of the purported Biafra territory
- Chief Horsfall in Rivers state says that anyone who wants to cede Port Harcourt, Rivers state, is looking for trouble
Some prominent leaders in Kogi, Benue and Rivers state have strongly rejected the plan by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, to extend his proposed Biafra Republic to their states.
In Kogi, the Igala Socio-Cultural Group, has expressed extreme repugnance over their reported inclusion in Biafra.
Speaking on the issue, a spokesman of the group, Barry Moses Idakwo, noted that the inclusion has made nonsense of the ancient Igala nation, Daily Trust reports.
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According to him, Nigeria is a democratic country where citizens should be allowed to live peacefully and secured as prescribed by laws, Daily Trust reports.
Idakwo said: “The agitators for Biafra have marginalisation as the main plan for their grievances. It is therefore unthinkable to annex the Igala kingdom without consulting us.”
In Benue state, a former minister of state for education, Professor Jerry Agada, said Idoma land should be left out of the purported Biafra territory.
He warned Nnamdi Kanu and other agitators of Biafra to stop the inclusion of Idoma people in particular and Benue state as a whole in their map.
Agada said that Idoma people had never been connected with Biafra, not even Orokam where he hails from, which shares border with Enugu state.
He said: “Idoma nation can never be part of Biafra. In as much as the Igbos’ have their fundamental human right to agitate, they should be reasonable so as not to coax people that do not have a link with their ideology or believe in their quest for power.”
Meanwhile, in Rivers state, a former director-general of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Chief Albert Korubo Horsfall, said Port Harcourt would never be part of Biafra.
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“Gowon declared no victor, no vanquished verdict and that concept is still there. We are living happily with everybody. Port Harcourt is the capital of Rivers state. From time-to-time the issue of Port Harcourt has been an object of agitation. Port Harcourt was one of the issues the so-called Biafra demanded and this matter was discussed in Kampala. I don’t know why people are worried about Biafra and want to resurrect and create tension which is totally unnecessary,” he said.
According to him, “everybody has a right to agitate, but to agitate on somebody else’s territory is wrong.”
Horsfall added that if anybody wants to cede Port Harcourt, the person is looking for trouble.
Legit.ng had earlier reported a retired police chief from Benue state, Abubakar Tsav, saying that Nnamdi Kanu’s plan to extend the Biafra agitation beyond the south-east shows that the IPOB leader must have mental disorder.
This comes even as a traditional ruler in Benue state, King Shuluwa, described Kanu as a man with little intelligence for trying to extend Biafra Republic to Benue, while the president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Eric Omare, asks the IPOB leader to restrict his Biafra agitation to states of the south-east.
In the video below Legit.ng TV takes a critical look at Nnamdi Kanu and the struggle for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.