The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, has urged Ndigbo to forget about the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra, as it is no longer feasible.
Osita Okechukwu who stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at a gathering of the Abuja chapter of the pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, said the greatest indication that the actualisation for the state of Biafra was was no longer possible, was the successive national conferences in the country where the five Igbo states voted against regionalism.
“If we must tell ourselves the truth, the greatest obstacle to the actualization of Biafra, was glaringly demonstrated by successive national conferences; the Abacha Conference and Jonathan Conference. In each of the two conferences, the issue of regionalism was voted against by Enugu and Ebonyi states.
“The Jonathan Conference of 2014, for instance, was made up of pro-Biafra elements whom a lot had assumed will support regionalism as a prelude to secession. Other states like Ogun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross River and majority of Northern States rejected regionalism. To cap it all the Jonathan Conference recommended the creation of over 50 states.”
He urged the group to call the agitators to order, do a rethink and support President Muhammadu Buhari “in constructing a prosperous and progressive Nigeria”.
Adding that there is hope of producing an Igbo president in 2023 when the north would have served out its eight years.
“One is sure that most Ndigbo will call for a ceasefire, especially when we are aware that the zoning convention of rotation of president between North and South offers the South East the greatest opportunity of producing Nigeria president of Igbo extraction.
“This golden opportunity will end the issue of marginalization, will gazette the true republican nature of Ndigbo and return us to the mainstream of Nigeria.
“The doubting Thomases will doubt this projection, but it is real and anchored on the truism that in the public domain is the law with its legal teeth and the convention with its moral weight, mostly unwritten. This thesis projects that in 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, by God’s grace completes his two-term tenure, it will be the turn of the South.”
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, began agitation for a state of Biafra a few years back.
The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently facing treason charges over the group’s agitation for the actualization of the Republic of Biafra.