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Ezeife blames Buhari for new pro-Baifra agitations



The former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Chuckwuemeka Ezeife, has blamed the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the huge support pro-Biafra activists, otherwise known as Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) are getting in the South-East, reports ITRealms.

A chat statement credited to Chief Chuckwuemeka Ezeife on WhatsApp, showed that the agitation for Biafra which comes way back 45 years after civil war was seen as the problem.

He insisted that it is a world-wide fact that MASSOB is a movement for the actualization of Biafran state, but most of people see them as a pressure group.

Part of the chat showed that “It is in recent time that the group started gaining acceptability among serious politicians from the South-East. Otherwise the agitators are merely perceived as a pressure group. There is also the major problem of politicians from the South-East that aspire to become the President of Nigeria one day.

“That is why they have not identified with MASSOB. But what is happening presently is because of the way the country is going, especially the way the South-East is treated like unwanted part of the country. This triggers more recruits for MASSOB.

“From this stand, the fire of Biafra is stoked by the President Buhari-led administration. It is not a matter of autonomous growth or development. All his actions in the South-East in appointments and denial caused the increase in people buying into the MASSOB agenda. Because our people say: ‘A person rejected, does not reject himself.’”

And on whether that level of marginalization should prompt some groups to the extent of floating a pirate radio to achieve their cause, Ezeife noted “If you feel persecuted, of course you fight with whatever means you know is justified for you.”

On the recent arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra by the DSS, which has triggered protests in major parts of South-East, the former governor said, “President Buhari is fueling the fire of Biafra with his actions, because everything done against the South-East is taken advantage of by MASSOB.”

Sincerely, he said that the way out of the wood is through prayers, but warned that it does not show that the grievances of the Igbo have not been adequately addressed, maintaining that it is clear that out of the six geo-political zones, all other parts have gotten appointments except the South-East.
“We have not seen any positive move towards the South-East, in the sense that we are denied one of the six major appointments in the country among the six geo-political zones.

Stressing that all these built-up to the current trend of support, recalling that Lai Muhammed, APC spokesperson while reacting on ministerial nominees, when he said that the South-East can secede if they like, that they have done it before. 

“Either you like it or not, there is need for the North to improve their attitude towards the South-East. Because if you hear statements like Nigeria is better off without Igbo, you will never be happy,” Ezeife cautioned.

He urged President Buhari to turn a new leaf and be guided by the Constitution of Nigeria and live by the oath he swore to.

“I have always praised the President anti-corruption policy,” he declared.

Isaac Oyimah/GEE +ITRealms DSA
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