Amid the ongoing protests by pro-Biafra activities hoping to secure independence, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday described the pro-Biafra movement as dead agitation borne out of sheer ignorance and error of judgment.
The former President said those involved in the current agitation in support of Biafra were embarking on a hopeless and futile exercise, which no serious-minded Nigerian should ever become a part of.
Obasanjo made the comments while speaking in Abuja during a roundtable discussion organized by Nextier Advisory, a public sector advisory firm spearheaded by Patrick O. Okigbo III, with the theme: “Nigeria and the Biafra Agitation,” where he also made these comments.
The former president asked leaders from the South-East geopolitical zone to call on the protesters to cease their dangerous secessionist agitation before it gets out of hand.
He said only those who did not experience the Nigerian civil war could ever imagine that good could come out of Biafrian secession.
Obasanjo also refused to blame the Igbo community for not voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election but urged him to prove that Nigeria was his constituency by acting like God, who gives rain to the good and the bad.
“No right-thinking person who has experienced the horror of war will ever agitate for more wars.
“Most wars stem from real and perceived injustices and dissatisfaction and invariably wars emanate from a desire to correct or redress such situations,” he said.
“Our civil war wasn’t any different. However, at the end, almost all wars, jaw-jaw takes over from boom and devastation of the gun. That is the path of wisdom, prudence and political sagacity.
“If the elders abdicate their responsibility to the immaturity, inadequate experience, unrealistic idealism and the frustration of the young, it will no doubt lead to disaster,” the former president said.