A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, Mr. Abia Onyike, on Monday, faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo for describing Biafra as ‘dead,’ stating that the resurgence of the Biafran idea was a response to the politics of Islamic state militants who are threatening to Islamize the country.
Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki on the state of the nation, Onyike stated:
“Though the former President was right in blaming the Biafran agitation on frustration and marginalization, he got it wrong by claiming that the Biafran idea was dead.”
“Recall that 12 Northern states adopted sharia law in Obasanjo’s first tenure as President(1999-2003). Recall also that the first major event of the 21st century was the bombing of the twin towers in New York. Islamic terrorism has grown in the world. In Africa, the story is no different.
“In Nigeria, the local franchise of global Islamization is the Boko Haram. Obasanjo should first of all fight to see that the Islamization policy is dead before wishing Biafra dead because the resurgence of Biafra may be the result of the fear of Islamization and political persecution since the Igbos are the largest Christian block in the Nigerian federation”.
There has been plea from peace makers in Nigeria such as Kofoworola Ayodegi, to Nigerian leaders not to allow a repetition of the 1970 war. Mr Kofoworola Ayodegi who personally expressed his depression after a visit to the National War Museum Umuahia said:
I was not just depressed because the museum did not meet the international standards, or because many Nigerians — especially the youths — had never visited this historical place. I was depressed due to the horrible memories brought by the pictures of dying Biafran children, as well as the the weapons used during the war. Hanged on the walls inside the museum were the pictures of emaciated children, who were dying of kwashiorkor. Even though we were not allowed to take photographs inside the inner chamber of the museum, the heartache created by those memories could not be easily erased.
The agitation of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) seems a never ending rally as they get so many politicians- antagonists, opposing and condemning there peaceful protests.