Former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo has said that most of the people agitating for the freedom of Biafra were not born during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
Speaking in Abuja at the Memory and Nation Building, Biafra: 50 Years After”, Obasanjo said Nigerians must join hands to preserve the unity of Nigeria.
The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, in an interview with the Biafra Nigeria World, an online portal said, he was born in Okwe, Okigwe at sometime between 1968 and 1970.
However, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra who is currently leading the agitation for Biafra was born 1970, three years after the war started.
Obasanjo who spoke on Reconcilation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation said these agitators do not understand what the struggle entails.
“These people do not even know what it entails,” he said.
The former president urged leaders to stop politicizing all issues in Nigeria.
“Issues that should not be politicized should not be politicized. Some of the people agitating for Biafra were not even born then.
“Nigeria must be loved, it must be treated as we treat love affairs, it must be massaged.
It takes two to tango, I believe there is no substitute for us holding Nigeria like a love affairs…. there is enough cake for all of us,” Obasanjo said.
In an earlier publications, Obasanjo said that the officers who started the 1967 Nigerian-Biafra civil war were all naive.
The former president said the young officers who started the 1967 war were naive and never had an understanding of what they were going into.
“Although there were some nationalism in some of them. And that is what has kept us where we currently are,” Obasanjo said.
He further condemned remarks by some of Nigerian leaders who are bent on planting hatred in the hearts of the Nigerian populace.
“We really never had a national leader, we had three leaders at the beginning of our journey as a nation who are mindful of their regions. That is our problem. When you listen to our leaders they talk about freedom and their region but never unity,” he said.