By Ben Agande
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba has blamed the renewed agitation for the creation of Biafra on the failure of past governors of the South-East region to impact positively on the region.
In an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Hon. Na’Abba said though majority of the people in the region do not support the renewed agitation for the creation of Biafra, the leadership of the agitating bodies have unfairly targeted some vulnerable class of people to oil their self serving agenda.
According to him, bearing in mind the economic milestone the Igbos have achieved in different parts of the country, it would be unfair to throw them into another crisis at the moment.
He noted that though there is the need for some form of dialogue ‘to douse tension’, there is no need for Biafra today, adding that the Nigerian authority should handle the agitation with care.
“I think there is a sort of conspiracy. Most of the former governors from the south east did not do much for their states and this has been a source of frustration for the people of the south east. Let me add that it is not every body in the south east that is in support of this Biafra agitation. I think it is a misguided demand based on propaganda from people who are self serving.
“I don’t think there is any need for Biafra today. The Igbos are very hard working and enterprising. They are spread all over Africa. In Nigeria, there are over 25 million Igbos outside Igboland, achieving economic success.
“They are very dominant in the economies of all the states they live in. I don’t think it is fair to throw Igbos into some kind of crisis. I believe there must be some dialogue in order to douse the tension. The leadership of those agitators are just serving their interest. They target their propaganda towards a particular class of people who are ignorant. We have to handle it with much care,” he said.