A former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has disclosed that he had an agreement with the Biafra group that if the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi succeeded in becoming president they would put an end to their agitation to secede.
Ezeife stated this during an interview with Punch. He insisted that one Nigeria is better for the Igbos.
The erstwhile governor asserted that if restructuring and agreement are reached and regions are allowed to function without external influences then there would be an improvement.
He argued that if Nigeria broke up, it would fail to influence things at the national level.
According to Ezeife, “Well, nobody wants to be a slave in their own country. This Peter Obi experience is a very frustrating one and as I told you I reached an agreement with the people who are in the group of Biafra that if Peter Obi becomes the president, we cannot call ourselves slaves and therefore we should look for Biafra inside Nigeria if restructuring is done.
“If there is restructuring and agreement is reached and regions are on their own, we will see things happening. There will be improvement for Arewa, Yoruba, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Igbo, etc, and for Nigeria. I believe that God in heaven may change the situation. For me, although it may be annoying to some people but one Nigeria is the best for the Igbo even with these difficulties.
“Nigeria has an assignment from God to earn the dignity and respect of all blacks and to be important in world affairs. Size matters. If we break up into tiny countries, we may not be able to influence things at the international level. Did anybody invite our people to go to China or Japan? No
“I think it is better for every group if we can pray to God to revive our spirit for us to begin to do the right.”