Professor Ango Abdullahi has revealed that he supported the quit notice issued to Igbo people because of the fact that their leaders kept mute in spite of the divisive statements made by Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafra agitators.
The ultimatum issued to Igbos had sparked outrage and reactions in the country but the former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University said Igbo leaders should have cautioned their youths clamouring for secession.
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According to report, Abdullahi made his position known on Tuesday, July 4 during a meeting with Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Communities Landlord Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN) who were led by Bishop Udo Azogu.
The meeting focused on the need for national unity and dousing the tension that was rising due to call for disintegration of the country.
Abdullahi said it was worrisome that people like Dr. Elex Ekwueme, Emeka Anyaoku, Jim Nwobodo, Mbazulike Amechi, among others failed to call Biafra agitators to order and said he was surprised by the condemnation that trailed his own comment.
He however said he was open about his position and criticised northern leaders who were pretending about it.
He said: “The North and Eastern Nigeria have come a long way in terms of building political bridges; starting from the first republic when Dr. Nnamdi Zik conceded the position of Prime Minister to Tafawa Balewa.”
“And in second republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme was supported by the North to become Vice President to Shehu Shagari”.
He said one of the reasons the north was unhappy with the south east was their lack of gratitude over the love they showed them after the civil war.
He said “the North returned all abandoned Igbo properties back to them, in addition to rents collected on their behalf by various caretakers assigned to supervise the affected properties.
“This was a favour they (Igbo) could not get from their South-South neighbours who confiscated their properties in Port Harcourt and other South-South cities”.
“Igbo should reciprocate the gesture of the North by supporting them politically rather than turning their back against them”.
He recalled that when President Muhammadu Buhari chose late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo and Edwin Umezeoke in 2007 and 2011 respectively as running mates, he was still rejected by the south east.