The head of the now rested Arewa Peoples Congress (APC), Alhaji Sagir Ringim has lashed out against the ongoing agitation for the creation of the Independent State of Biafra, saying that Igbos are only clamoring and ploting to colonize the South-South.
While speaking to Vanguard, Waziri Ringim stated that the recent agitation by the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB was a calculated effort to take over the economic prospects of the minority ethnic nationality in the oil rich region.
In his words:
Those Indigenous People of Biafra have a hidden agenda to recolonize the South-south, capture the region, colonize the oil field for the betterment of the Igbos.”
The northern leader went further to say that Biafra has nothing else to boast of except coal as they are not blessed with solid minerals apart from coal.
He added that the geology of the region can’t support an independent country as the land is already poor of the solid mineral they are known to have.
The former Intelligence officer of the Nigerian Army stated that
because of these natural shortcomings Igbos survived as a diaspora race than any dominant group in Nigeria”.
Ringim further suggested that
If the Indigenous People of Biafra are now saying that yes, we want to have Biafra, what are you going to do with more than three-quarter of the Igbos who are outside the East, those in Kano, those in Lagos what are you going to do with them? You take all those people then go back to Biafra? They have no houses to live, they have no means of livelihood.”
Waziri Ringim said he is not a supporter of IPOB activities and described the activities of Biafra agitators as a masterminded blackmail to arm-twist other stakeholders in a political group in a bid to receive more economic advantage.
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