Why Biafra Cannot Be – Joe Igbokwe


A politician and Igbo leader, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has expressed reasons why he felt Biafra, as being perpetrated by Nnamdi Kanu cannot be as well as why he vehemently cannot support the agitation for Biafra.

Speaking why answering questions from Punch interviewer, Igbokwe, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) maintained that why Emeka Ojukwu and Ralph Uwazuruike has played their parts, Nnamdi Kanu is going about it the wrong way, creating wide spread enmity.

He said:

“Support for a state of Biafra? No, sir, and I say this with all emphasis in my command and with all the energy at my disposal. I have my reasons. One, South-East is too small for Igbo enterprise. Two, diversity should be a big plus in Nigeria and not a minus. We are better united with justice, equity and fair play. Three, Igbo have invested heavily in the ‘project Nigeria’ so much so that throwing away their monumental investments for the sake of a small Biafra is tantamount to committing political, economic and social suicide. Four, all Nigerians have paid the price of the unity of this country with millions of souls (lost) between 1966 and 1970. Therefore, we must work hard to remain one nation – for one destiny and one God. Five, given the history of Igbo and their republican attitude, I do not think we can manage one another in Biafra. Biafra may turn out to be another South Sudan because of leadership tussle and struggle for power and positions. Six, Biafra is landlocked. Seven, Nigeria provides a big space for Igbo to operate. I can go on and on to give you 10 reasons but time and space will not permit me.”

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