Members of the Igbo ethnic group have allegedly been advised by Chief John Nwodo, President-general, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to abandon the struggle for Biafra, and push for restructuring.
According to reports, Nwodo allegedly made his comments at the third inauguration of the state and local government executives, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Abia state chapter, on Thursday October 5.
Voice of Ndigbo gathers that Nwodo allegedly described the struggle for Biafra as a ‘tall order’ which would hamper the political relationship between Ndigbo and other ethnic groups in the country.
He also reportedly stated that Biafra was not in the overall interest of Ndigbo; hence, he advised his kinsmen to abandon the struggle, and push for the restructuring of the country instead.
Nwodo also cautioned members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), telling them to tone down their rhetoric, as he stressed that nothing could be solved through hate speech.
He stated: “We should forget Biafra and insist on restructuring. We must seek for peaceful ways of resolving the issues.”
Meanwhile, President general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, gave various reasons why Igbo indigenes feel marginalized by the Nigerian federal government.
While delivering a speech at Chatham House, London, Nwodo explained how the Igbos have carried scars from the coup and counter coup of 1966, which eventually led to the Civil War.