Agitation For Sovereign State Of Biafra Is A Vehicle Of Frustration – Chukwueke

Jerry Chukwueke on Sovereign State of BiafraA member of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress and an indigene of Imo State in south-east Nigeria has described the increasing agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra as a vehicle of frustration due to economic marginalisation.

Mr Jerry Chukwueke told Channels Television on Wednesday that the youths from the south eastern part of Nigeria and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) agitating for the Biafran State, were doing so to vent their frustration about the state of the notion.

Members of MASSOB and IPOB had on May 29 held demonstrations in some states in south-south and south-east, to mark the proclamation of Biafra that led to Nigeria’s civil war in the late 60s.

But Mr Chukwueke said there was no ideology behind the business of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

‘Unfavourable Body Language’

“It ought not to be news to us because for decades we have been warned by the United Nations and the World Bank that 35 to 40 million unemployed youths is an existential threat to Nigeria and this is what we are dealing with today.

“It is obvious that because of insurgency, hundreds of thousands of youths from the south-east and south-south, business people, petty traders have moved out of the region, looking for ways to restart their lives and with no opportunities and support. This is largely, in my view, what is clearly a bust of frustration and economic marginalisation perception.

“There is this perception in the south-east and south-south of what many young people perceive as President Buhari’s ‘unfavourable body language’ and they look at the appointments within the presidency and what happened in the National Assembly in terms of leadership and they feel that the south-south and the south-east are not adequately represented,” he told Channels Television.

“About Bread And Butter”

The APC member further stressed that the government should be looking at creating opportunities for the youths, prioritising youth empowerment, employment, economic opportunities.

“This is about bread and butter. The youths feel marginalised.

“You need the Federal government and the state to focus on this issue,” he insisted.

Mr Chukwueke also attributed the situation to what he called communication deficiency, emphasising that the youths were not being engaged.

“We need to find a new language. We need to find new approaches of engagement.

“When people become desperate, it is largely attributed to a loss of hope.

“We must be able to tell Nigerians and the youths what we are doing, where the light is at the end of the tunnel and how we intend to get there, so that they can see employment and food on their table.

“In fact some of them go further to say that they have been categorised as Jonathan’s people and that perception must be cleared,” he stressed.

The south-east Nigeria indigene also pointed out that the situation was not President Buhari’s issue, stressing that for some years now the youths had been abandoned.

He insisted that the youths are major stakeholders in the polity and should be carried along.

Asked what his opinion was about some Nigerians in the Diaspora who had held demonstrations to push for the Sovereign State of Biafra, he insisted that they were sympathisers, pointing out that there were no leaders or people of substantial standing among those pushing for the state of Biafra.

Pro-Biafra Supporters Protest In Rivers

BiafraIt was total lock down on Tuesday at the Eleme axis of Rivers State as pro-Biafra supporters staged a protest in solidarity with the Biafra Radio host, Nnamdi Kalu, who has been detained by the DSS.

The protesters who stormed the streets in their hundreds were, however, prevented by security agents from proceeding to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Although the protesters appeared resolute to continue their march, security operatives managed to maintain the barricade, causing many commuters to resort to trekking long distances as a result of the gridlock caused by the face-off.

Some of the protesters told Channels Television that they would not back down from pursuing the freedom of the one they call their leader.

They called on the federal government to heed their cry and that of other pro-Biafran supporters for self-determination.

Police Boss Warns Pro-Biafra Protesters Again

MASSOB-IPOB-Demonstrate-for-BiafraThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, says enough is enough for the youths from the eastern part of Nigeria parading themselves as promoters of Biafra.

The IGP, who spoke to Channels Television earlier on Sunday, cautioned the youths against obstructing the peace of the land.

His warning is coming against the backdrop of massive protests for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital, Awka, the capital of Anambra State and again in Enugu on Sunday.

Although there were earlier reports on Sunday that 125 pro-Biafra protesters were arrested, the police spokesman in Delta State, Celestina Kalu, said nobody was in the custody of the Police Command in Delta State.

It is the second time in two days that the police are issuing a warning to the group.

On Friday  the Nigeria Police Force issued a warning to the youths calling for the recognition of the Indigenous People of Biafra, saying that their “planned one-million-man march is illegal”.

In a strongly-worded statement, Mr Arase said that the protesters, from the south-eastern region, would be provoking the law if they do not stop such protests or call.