– The senator has been silent on national issues for a while
– He recently broke his silence, granting a major interview to a national newspaper
Senator Abubakar Girei has called on Igbos to choose between Biafra as a soveriegn state and Nigeria’s presidency.
Girei made the comment in an interview with The Sun newspaper, adding that those who are agitating for Biafra are the greatest beneficiaries of this country.
”In fact, they are the owners of this country. I know the generality of the people from South- east in particular, where the noise about Biafra is coming from, are totally not in support of the breakup of this country because they know they own Nigeria, the bigger, the better for all of us.
”Go to my village, you will find them there. Go to anywhere in this country, they are there, living comfortably, owning properties. There is no single tribe in this country that can boast of that,” he said.
Girei further stated that Igbo politicians are not sagacious, accusing them of allowing ill informed persons among them, to be championing the Biafra cause to their detriment.
He added: ”This is making them to lose out in many fronts in this country. Unless and until the Igbo come out and identify solely with the Federal Republic of Nigeria as one united entity, I don’t see how an Igbo man will aspire and succeed in being president of Nigeria. I don’t see it.
”You cannot be talking about Biafra, and then be talking about being President of Nigeria.”
Girei’s comments is coming on the same day Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, and leader of Biafra Independence Movement called on the Igbo political class to practically shed aside the idea of having a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in the face of the current Northern conspiracy against Igbos.
He recalled that the same level of conspiracy was used to scuttle the presidential ambition of some prominent Igbo personalities such as former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a Board of Trustees member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reacting in an apparent sympathy to a statement credited to Ekwueme that his three-time presidential ambition was scuttled by the Nigerian military, Uwazuruike stated that Ndigbo should no longer focus their hope on the Nigerian project but on the emergence of a new Biafra.