The South East zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to pro-Biafra protesters to stop their processions across the region, Daily Post reports.
In a statement by the spokesman of the party in the region today, November 15, Osita Okechukwu, the party opined that the agitation of the The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is capable of scuttling the quest of Ndigbo to aspire to be Nigeria's president in 2023.
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The statement read: “Whereas we agree that there is gross unemployment, discontent and despondency among youths in the land; however it is not peculiar to the South East alone. The gross unemployment is nationwide and would be addressed holistically, luckily our son distinguished senator Chris Ngige is the minister in charge of employment.
“Our record shows that it’s better to jaw-jaw than to war-war. Dialogue is the best solution,albeit we are doing relatively well across the country and our human development index is one of the highest.
“Ndigbo must be strategic in our agitation, as every evidence suggests that we would be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the progressive and prosperous Nigeria being constructed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We cannot act like the rodent inside the deep hole for years, only to revolt when it was about to be freed. Methinks that this is not the best of times to hype and escalate the agitation for Biafra, because President Buhari has pledged to resuscitate the dilapidated federal roads in the South East, revamp Enugu Coal, fix 2nd Niger Bridge and other physical infrastructure.
“For Mr. President, his word is his bond. Critical analysis posits that after his 2nd tenure, it will be the turn of the South East to produce Nigeria president of Igbo extraction.
“Is it not paradoxical that the Pro-Biafra agitators were not this hyper-active in the sixteen years when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party Ndigbo gave unprecedented and overwhelming support, without commensurate reward, was in power at the center?
“Does it mean that the promoters didn’t see anything wrong when former president Goodluck Jonatlhan, our adopted son, allowed federal roads in the South East to unimaginable decay, couldn’t award the 2nd Niger Bridge on contract bases like Owete Bridge and couldn’t revamp Enugu Coal?
“Available evidence shows that the promoters of the mass action are suspect, as they neither sampled the views of majority of Ndigbo at home or in Dutse – Jigawa, in Akure – Ondo, in Oron – Akwa Ibom nor Ndigbo in Lagos, Kano and Abuja.
“Going by the zoning convention, equity and natural justice, surely the president will rotate to the South in 2023. And when the president rotates to the South in 2023, we have all the cards stacked in our favour to appeal to our brothers in the South West who have had eight years stint and our South South brothers who had five years plus in the presidency since 1999 when the 4th Republic commenced.
“Every rational indicator favours Ndigbo and so, we need to guide our hate propaganda and wait patiently to harvest the turn of the South East. To be frank this is the golden opportunity for us to join the mainstream, and it should not be scuttled by Pro-Biafra agitators.”
Meanwhile, eight persons including a female, involved inprotest that grounded the streets of Port Harcourt were recently arraigned by the police before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
It will be recalled that pro-Biafra supporters has been carrying out processions in Rivers, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Delta states.
In a related development, the Nigerian army has warned agitators clamouring for the state of Biafra that the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.