The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo said he doesn’t see anything wrong with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Nnamdi Kanu the self acclaimed leader of Indigenous people of Biafra. He said ” I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it. I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, and ask…what are your worries?”.
He said a dialogue will reduce or even end the agitation of the South East. Due to the agitations and criminal activities in the region, the Nigerian Army recently launched its Operation Python Dance II in that part of the country. The launch of the operation led to skirmishes between Nigerian soldiers and IPOB members, leading to a wave of unrest in the region, especially in Aba, Abia state.
Obasanjo said he has experienced war and wouldn’t want a repeat, and therefore believes that enough dialogue might be a step towards the solution of the south eastern agitation, and several other groups.
“Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war. I fought in that war and it was an unfortunate war and I said I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.
“The heavy boot is not the solution. I believe also whatever may be the frustration of any youth in any part of Nigeria; I believe secession is not the solution.”
“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out,” he said.
On Friday, the Nigerian Army declared Mr. Kanu’s IPOB a “terrorist organisation”. Hours after the Army’s declaration, the Southeast governors’ forum at a meeting in Enugu also condemned the separatist organisation. Some Igbo leaders have bitterly complained that President Buhari has prioritized development of other parts of the country while neglecting the South East.
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