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Saturday, 25 June 2016
BIAFRA AGITATORS LACK IDEOLOGY – APC CHIEFTAIN
Chief Jerry Chukwuemeka, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and many time governorship aspirant from Awaka, Owerri North Council Area of Imo State has said that there is no ideology behind the business of the sovereign state of Biafra.
Chukwueke described the increasing agitation as a vehicle of frustration which is attributable to the economic marginalisation being experienced by youths in the regions.
The business mogul who spoke to Independent on Saturday however advised government at all levels to create economic and empowerment opportunities for youths, expressing optimism that such would help to address the many restive youths’ activities in the country as well as chart the way forward for Nigerians, particularly the youths.
“I think we need to have this conversation because the issue in my view, is the big picture, it happened that 29th of May was the date of the proclamation of the state of Biafra and it does coincide with the democracy day as we have it today. But the big picture really is that I see no ideological attachment. There is no ideology in my view behind the business of the Sovereign State of Biafra. It appears to be a vehicle of frustration, economic marginalization,” he said.
Chukwuemeka argued that Biafra ought not to be the news because according to him, for decades, the nation had been warned by the UN, and by the World Bank that 35-40 million unemployed is an existential threat to Nigeria.
“This is what we are dealing with today. I think we must focus on that so that we can get away from the issue of Biafra, the bad word and all of that and look at what is really going on.”
Meanwhile, renowned community leader and a chieftain of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nze Iwumba Onyebiri, has denounced the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu by security operatives arguing that such amounted to an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
Onyebiri, a human rights campaigner therefore implored members of the international community to prevail on the federal government to allow the IPOB commander in chief to regain his freedom without further delay.