Buhari: South East Leaders Caused Biafra Agitations.
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at Biafra agitators, blaming south-east community leaders of not warning their “hot-headed” youths against it.
Addressing the nation on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day celebration this morning, Buhari recalled serving as young army officer that took part in the 1967 Biafra War, vowing that his government would not allow a repeat.
Nigeria has been witnessing sustained agitations especially by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu.
“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.
“Recent calls on restructuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We cannot 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,” Buhari said.
On the recent call for restructuring, the President enjoined those championing it to explore proper channel – National and State Assemblies.
He said, “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.”
Buhari commended Niger Delta leaders for sustaining peace in the region, assuring “Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities.
“Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.
He also spoke about efforts to improve security situation across the country as well as achievements recorded so far in the economy sector.