Former Governor of Enugu State who was also a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo , speaks on ‘ Biafra Agitation ‘ stating that Igbo elites believe in ‘One Nigeria’ where justice and fair-play would be the order of the day.
GoldenNewsNg reports that the Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo Ex-PDP National Chairman made this statement during an interview with Vanguard newspaper where he stressed that a restructured Nigeria would provoke diverse socio-economic development of different regions in Nigeria.
Nwodo has been in the forefront of the agitation for Biafra over the claim that the Igbo are being marginalised in Nigeria.
Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo who spoke to Vanguard on Tuesday, said Igbo elites have been trying to tune down the rhetorics of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to achieve a restructured Nigeria, adding that what the Indigenous People of Biafra is saying is what every Igbo man knows to be true
he former National Chairman of the PDP urged Nigeria to give South-East a chance to produce the president of the country in 2023, adding that anything short of that would make the region to fight for her freedom,
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His words: “What the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is saying is what every Igbo man knows to be true. Nnamdi Kanu has taken the problems of the Igbos to the international arena. The Igbo elites are saying that Nigeria is better for us because we need a wider market to operate.
“Secondly, we are a major stakeholder in this Nigerian enterprise. Therefore, the Igbo elites have been trying to tune down the rhetorics of Kanu in order to negotiate a restructured Nigeria; that is our primary ambition, that Nigeria be restructured along the lines of the first republic. If Nigeria is restructured, we can develop at our own pace. Under Michael Okpara premiership, Eastern Nigeria was the fastest growing economy in the world and we can repeat that feat. If Nigeria is restructured, we can create a Dubai in Nigeria and I am sure that the zones in the north can do better than Netherlands which earns more in agriculture than Nigeria has ever earned by crude oil. Middle-belt will do a lot better with the amount of mineral deposits in their place.