Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:16 pm
FEMI ADI / Kaduna
Nigeria’s Northern based socio-political group , Arewa Consultative Forum ACF has come out strongly to condemn Igbo leaders for their silence over the renewed agitation for the creation of Biafra Republic by some Igbo elements in South-East Nigeria, using the Biafra Radio , as megaphone.
ACF , which noted that Biafra was settled in 1970 after the civil war , said it is unfortunate that after 45 years when Nigerians are now united in a democratic system of governance , some Igbo are busy drumming the idea of another war and secession through Radio Biafra and MASSOB activities .
The forum observed that the most painful aspect of the agitation by the young Ndigbo elements is the deaf ear and silence from the elders who experienced the bitter pill of the secession attempt, 30 months civil war and who knew the consequence of such futile agitation.
Speaking during a press briefing preparatory to the ACF Annual General Assembly scheduled to hold tomorrow in Kaduna , the Chairman of National Executive Council , former Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Coomassie said the agitators for the ” Unholy division” are anti Nigeria , insensitive and backward in thinking.
According to him , most worrisome is that the agitators are in their safe abode outside Nigeria and are openly campaigning in foreign countries for a divided Nigeria.
The former IGP who recalled that only just a week ago, an elder statesman from the South East celebrated his birthday by launching two books. He said a good number of personalities in the South-East attended in their traditional regalia and that as the event progressed , it was nothing but Biafra with inciting and provocative speeches by one speaker after the other.
He claimed this posturing made most non-Igbo at the event stage a dramatic walk out and that even the guest of honour could not halt the exit in spite of pleadings .
” ACF expects Ndigbo leaders to come out openly and condemn such agitations just as others condemned Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east region . ” Coomassie stated.
He urged the Igbo leaders and groups across Nigeria to come out and publicly condemn or dissociate themselves from what he termed ” Act of Treason against the state” by the disgruntled Ndigbo elements .