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How Would President Buhari react to the new Biafran Movement?


Mr. Emeka Ugwuonye, a well-known Nigeria attorney, asks the above question in an opinion piece in Elomba.com
Then he went on to give possible PMB’s options as:

1.       The first option seems to be the one he has taken – to demand that the Igbo elites should find some way to calm the situation down in the East. This is why the Igbo Governors are reported to be earnestly convening a meeting with IPOB and MASSOB and similar elements.
2.       Another option, which may end up being part of the first, would be for Buhari to use these Governors to settle the leaders of the current Biafran movements. Billions or naira distributed here and there might get Uwazurike and other leaders of the movement to calm down, at least until the money finishes.

3.   Yet another option is to sow a division between the South East and South South over the matter. If you successfully antagonize the Igbo speaking Biafrans with the non-Igbo speaking Biafrans, you will again play the card that was successfully played against Ojukwu.
Mr. Ugwuonye adds the weaknesses in each of the options he listed. These options have been accepted by the administration and are already visible in the government’s reactions. The weakness in Mr. Ugwuonye’s analysis is that he failed to see that there is a rather good option for PMB and which would cost next to zero farthing. That option is remove the immediate motivator and leader of the New Biafran Movement: unconditional release of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
In an opinion piece published on November 9

I implored Mr. President to free Kanu and end his 15 minutes of fame; that failing to do so would result in deaths of people. My greatest fear materialized in Port Harcourt today as we have recorded the first martyr of the New Biafran Movement. He will now join Kanu as the moving force for the Biafran Movement. It is only a matter of time and we will have martyrs in Aba, Onitsha, Enugu, Asaba, Calabar, etc. The world press would end any article with the body count; 1, 2, 3…50 people have been killed by Nigerian Forces since the demonstrations began.

That will be in the legacy of Mr. Buhari.

In many articles earlier I have asked the same question several different ways:

–      Does Buhari want to refight the Biafran war?
–      Does Buhari have an Igbo problem?
–      Is Buhari seeking the final solution to the Biafran questions
–      Etc.

I hope that the job of putting garri and yam on every family’s table every day is enough to occupy the ex-general. An administration whose every action is a war: war against Boko Haram; war against Biafran nation; war against corruption; war against indiscipline etc., is bound to fail. PMB inherited Obasanjo’s war. He is advised to end it and not start his own.

Nigeria is now war weary.

Will PMB pay any attention?

Like Emeka Ugwuonye I will be paying attention.
Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

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