SECOND Republic politician and Anambra State Chairman of the defunct Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP, Chief Guy Ikokwu, has urged the Federal Government to release without delay the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu because his continued incarceration is not in the best interest of the country. Ikokwu, a lawyer of over 50 years and a chieftain of the defunct National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, attributed the raging clamour for Republic of Biafra to the refusal of Nigeria’s leaders to restructure the country, which he argued is hindering the nation’s socio-economic growth.

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Nigeria, Igbo must not go for second civil war Asked his take on the raging agitation for the Republic of  Biafra, Ikokwu, who fought the civil war on the side of Biafra, said: ‘’Generally speaking and in line with what Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was the first leader of Biafra said,  our people should not go for a second civil war. It is in public domain. It is on Youtube and video. Anybody can play it and listen to what he said

 

In saying that, he said history should be a lesson not only for Nigeria but also for Igbo people and that the grave implications of a civil war are such that the initiators do not normally know where it would end and who and who would suffer. In the first civil war, the majority of those who suffered were the innocent people.

More than a million people died and they were not the ones who started the war or were fighting the war. He said a second civil is not in the best interest of Nigeria, that Nigeria should learn its own lesson and understand that the Igbo always add value to anywhere they go. To any situation they are called upon, they add value.

They never go anywhere to deteriorate the existing situation. Not only that they are so flexible that they can change their culture – language and dressing that they and the natives will almost look alike; that the main thing Nigeria should do is to restructure the country into fiscal federalism as our founding fathers – Herbert Macauley, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Dennis Osadebey, MI Okpara , etc, who agitated  and got.

They fought for a federal structure and this is embedded in our national anthem – in diversity we stand, there is unity in diversity. Need for justice equity, fairplay ‘’That is where the Igbo stand. There should be unity in diversity. We should use the diverse abilities of each group. The Yoruba have where they excel.

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