Professor Itse Sagay Condemns Biafran Agitation


A constitutional lawyer and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has scolded advocates of the agitation for the Indigenous state of Biafra.

Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on January 5th, Sagay said that Biafra’s proponents are based on selfish reasons and nothing more. According to him, the agitation became so intense after the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. He therefore alleged that those responsible for the agitation are doing so to intimidate President Muhammadu Buhari into ceding positions the Igbos do not merit to them after marginalizing themselves with controversies in the present government.

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Professor Sagay also accused the Igbos of being purposeful loyalists of Jonathan, adding that the Igbos who occupied 50% of federal positions in the country in the past administration decided to rig for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election which failed because of their lack of principles and opportunism hence they resorted to reviving the Biafra agitation as a strategy to negotiate with the federal government for appointments they don’t deserve.

“I have been studying elections very closely in this country since 2007. The Igbos were committed to Goodluck Jonathan. But they didn’t leave it at that just convince people to vote for him.

“They decided to rig for PDP and Jonathan. They did that yet, the party still lost out at the federal level. So, they lost out.

“If you look at Jonathan’s government, the Igbos were in almost 50 percent of positions in this country. But they lost out because of their rigging and opportunism and lack of principle.

“And now they want to take it out on Buhari by resurrecting Biafra. They want to intimidate Buhari so much. They will now want to negotiate with them and start giving them things and positions they don’t deserve. That is intimidation and threat for no just cause. In summary, they rigged themselves out of contention in the present administration and they are not prepared to accept the consequence of their own actions,” Sagay said.

Professor Sagay also, expressed his shock at the level of corruption that took place during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He therefore urged the former president to meet up with President Buhari and confess all he knows that may implicate him in any way.

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