– Biafra agitators should shelve their secession plan and negotiate to produce an Igbo president
– This is the submission of Chief Donatus Nwankpa, the chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state
– Nwankpa also urged Igbos to start investing in their region
The chairman of the APC in Abia state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa has advised pro-Biafra agitators to shelve their secession plan and negotiate to produce an Igbo president in the country.
Nwankpa gave the advice in an interview with journalists in the state capital, Umuahia on Sunday, June 18.
According to Vanguard, the APC chieftain stated that the agitation for a Biafra Republic is not a viable option for the South-east zone of the country.
His words: “For the Biafran agitators, I think Ndigbo need two things: One is that they should try and produce a president of Nigeria.
“They should try and work hard to see that a president comes from the Southeast.’’ Nwankpa said.
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According to him, a president of Igbo extraction would make the ‘no victor, no vanquished’ declaration at the end of the 30-month Nigerian civil war more realistic.
He, therefore, urged prominent Igbo politicians to mobilise their resources and contacts to negotiate for an Igbo president.
Nwankpa further said Ndigbo needed to ensure massive infrastructure and economic development of the zone.
“An Igbo man is hardworking, industrious and creative. He does not need government empowerment, which to me, only makes people lazy.
“The Igbo man needs good roads, regular power supply and a conducive economic climate to drive his enterprise to the peak,’’ he said.
Nwankpa also spoke on the growing agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria along regional lines.
“The agitation for restructuring has to do with the problem of discomfort and suspicion of one another in the country,” he said.
He said Nigerians needed to understand and coexist peacefully rather than to tolerate one another adding that there was nothing wrong with the present structure of the country and its constitution.
The APC chairman said: “The Nigerian constitution is one of the best drafted constitutions in the world.”
Nwankpa blamed the underdevelopment of some sections of the country on the excesses and self-aggrandisement of some of the past and present governors.
He alleged that the governors wielded so much power but failed to channel such power toward the development of the country.
Meanwhile, media reports indicates that the federal government shelved the idea of arresting the leaders of the northern youth groups who issued an ultimatum to Igbos to leave the north, for fears that their arrest may trigger violence in the northern region.
The government is now said to be weighing options on how to tackle the issue with emphasis on dialogue.
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