“Biafra Agitators Don’t Have Ndigbo Mandate”
By Afam Sunday (S’South/S’East Correspondent)
YOUR clamour for the Sovereign State of Biafra can only be possible through referendum, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, told his kinsmen who are agitating for the Republic of Biafra. Onyeama who spoke to journalists on Sunday in Enugu told those agitating for Biafra to follow laid down constitutional and diplomatic processes, rather than engaging in uncivilised methods.
The Minister said President Buhari’s position was that those agitating for Biafra should wait for a legitimate government in Nigeria to come and summon a referendum. Onyema who spoke after a caucus meeting of Enugu State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), Onyeama recalled that when the Scottish people wanted to gain independence from Britain, they advanced their cause through the Scottish National Party and a referendum was summoned to decide the matter. Onyeama said though Biafra agitators have the fundamental rights to clamour for Biafra, they should do so through the National Assembly rather than appealing to emotions and sentiments.
Onyeama however noted that those leading the agitation were not speaking for Ndigbo, as they do not have the mandate of the Igbo race to do so. The Minister said he had spoken with so called “Igbo leaders” and they told him that they were looking for opportunity to make it clear that they were against the disintegration of the country. He however called on Nigerians, particularly those of South-East extraction, to keep supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government, saying that the administration has the capacity to tackle the present challenges facing the nation.