By Vincent Ujumadu, Chimaobi Nwaiwu & Francis Igata
Worried by the agitation for Biafra and release of Nnamdi Kanu mounted by the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and IPOB, the Arch- Bishop, Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, yesterday, took a swipe at the pro-Biafra groups describing the demonstrations as misguided.
The cleric said the protests by the youths were borne out of frustration occasioned by abysmal infrastructure decay in the South-East geopolitical zone that led to many ideal hands in the region.
Addressing newsmen in Enugu, Bishop Chukwuma regretted that the agitators did not experience the Nigeria’s civil war to appreciate its toll on the Igbo nation that will warrant strident calls for secession at a time the Igbo were yet to recover from the quagmire of the war.
“Our people have invested in other parts of Nigeria. The agitation for Biafra is a grievance being shown in a wrong way because of frustration. The youths are frustrated because many of them have been used and dumped by politicians. Most of these politicians have failed them. The appointment of an Igbo in President Buhari’s cabinet does not translate to infrastructure development.
“All that we need now is the empowerment of our youths. Federal Government should ensure constant power supply so that industries will be established to create jobs to curb restiveness. An idle man is the devil’s workshop. The Igbo is in support of the President’s anti-corruption fight. The people who have stolen our wealth should be brought to book and the funds recovered plunged in the development of our area,” Chukwuma said.
“We are aggrieved over the state of our roads. There is no federal presence in the South-East. Our prisons are congested among others. Although we did not vote for Buhari, we now know where his administration is going and we have embraced it.Buhari should temper justice with mercy over Biafra agitation and release Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally.” “the Arch Bishop appealed.