Friday, 30 October 2015

Why Obasanjo has no time for new Biafra movement miscreants

Philip Effiong and Obasanjo at the end of civil war

It's incredible that in this day and age 45 years after the Biafra war ended,some people are still toying with the idea of another war.They obviously don't know such a terrible thing war can be.I remember growing up in Lagos in the 70s and seeing all those ex Biafran war soldier with some of their limbs missing going from door to door begging for money.I didn't know who they were til my uncle told me.These were the casualties of an unnecessary war.How about thousands of children who lost their parents?Brothers,sisters,family
members? Not to talk of the devastating effect the Biafran war had on Nigeria,for example,it demystified killings and made armed robbery rampant.Cos after a war all innocence is lost.

biafra passport

All these and more is the reason why no one should be toying around with the idea of war or instigating one.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described those agitating for the creation of Biafra state as miscreants. Obasanjo said this in an interview with Sahara reporters
"This is a fake agitation. You people make a mountain out of a molehill. These are boys who want to take people unaware and get money out of them in the name of Biafra. These are the people you should ignore, I don’t talk about Biafra. (Philip) Effiong came and said Biafra ceased to exist and since that day, Biafra has ceased to exist. We absorbed those we should absorb both into the civil service and into the military.
Even those we didn’t absorb, who we initially regarded as being retired without benefits, later on we even gave them their benefits. Abandoned houses were returned. Within 10 years of the end of our Civil War, an Igbo man became the vice-president of our country. It took the Americans 100 years before they got to that point. So, what are you talking about? They have held all the ministerial positions existing in this country. We have Igbo as the Governor of Central Bank, Igbo has headed many parastatals in this country. That’s why these miscreants should be ignored. They want to get money and they go round and say, ‘We are still being victimised. We are still being treated badly in Nigeria,’ so that they can take money from people.”he said

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