Biafra: I’m disappointed in Igbo leaders – Buhari

Biafra: I’m disappointed in Igbo leaders – Buhari

President
Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that he is disappointed at the failure
of South-east leaders to call youth in their area to order over
agitations for the resuscitation of the defunct state of Biafra.

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In his address on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day
celebration, Buhari recalled that as a military officers, he
participated in the three year civil which followed the declaration of
the state of Biafra in 1967 and he would not allow a repeat.
The President said, “Recent calls on re-structuring, quite proper in a
legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for
dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such
advocacy.
“As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end
in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful
destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a re-run
were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of
the civil conflict which we went through.

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“I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities
do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through.
Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the
consequences of such folly.”
The President also advised that agitations for restructuring of the
country should be directed to the National and State Assemblies: “At all
events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should
take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies.
These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some
lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives.”

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