The Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has said giving the South East opportunity to become the president of Nigeria will stop the Biafra agitation.
Ohuabunwa assured that if he emerges victorious in the 2023 forthcoming presidential election in the country, the nation will be more united than ever.
Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, after meeting with members of the New Nigeria Group and a courtesy visit to the state chapter of PDP at the weekend, Ohuabunwa, said South Easterner who gets to power will not actualize the Biafra Republic and break Nigeria.
While iterating l that the people of the South-East geopolitical zone have loved a more united Nigeria than any other region, he lamented that the 1967 civil war is a distorted history against the Igbo and South-East people.
Ohuabunwa recounted that it was a case of recurring injustice, pogrom and marginalization against the people of the zone.
He said, “The South-East didn’t want to break Nigeria, the civil war was not because the South East wanted to break Nigeria. I fought in that war as a young army officer. The persons that want Nigeria together more than others are the Igbos.
“If you take all of us here, the person that wants a united Nigeria is the Igbo man; not by word of mouth but practice. Most communities in Nigeria, after the indigenous community, are the next.
“And if they come, they don’t come with bags just to do business and go: they buy land, build houses, some get married, train their children in local names. Over time you can’t differentiate them, that is their nature.
“They killed them hundred times in Kano State and they are back in Kano; same in Sokoto and they are back. Are these the people who want to break the country? It is not in the interest of the Igbos to break Nigeria, they are global citizens.”
He, however, noted that those clamouring for the Biafra Republic “are just crying against injustice. If your child is unhappy, he will cry and taunt and do whatever to attract your attention. But as a parent, you refused to see him and ask what the problem is.
“If you don’t talk to him what do you want him to do? In the converse, if I become President of Nigeria, it will finally settle the Igbo problem because I won’t maltreat the Igbos, being Igbo. If they are quarrelling with Nigeria, they will suspend it.
“They will have the consciousness that we are part of Nigeria now. It will increase the unity of Nigeria and bring more peace. Igbo Presidency cannot and will not lead to breaking up Nigeria, it will be the antidote and panacea to such threat.”
Ohuabunwa, however, promised to make “Nigeria become a first-world nation where all the citizens live in harmony, are treated equally to achieve peace and prosperity for all. A nation that works for all.”
He hinged his core values and guiding philosophy on knowledge, industry, integrity, patriotism, justice, freedom, godliness, focusing on transformational approaches to solve poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity.