Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, has revealed snippets from the consultation held on Sunday between Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and South-East leaders. According to Ojudu, none of the South-East leaders, including monarchs at the parley raised the issue of secession or Biafra.
“Nobody has tabled that in all the discussions we have had. Nobody, I can tell you. Ohanaeze came with a prepared document. They never talked about referendum. They never. They never even talked about secession,” Ojudu said.
Rather, Ojudu said the South-East leaders “made complaints about police harassment at road blocks. They made complaints about losing some key positions, not being appointed into security positions and all those kinds of things.
“And these are things that can easily be addressed. Nobody canvassed secession at those meetings, nobody canvassed referendum”, he added. Ojudu said the consensual opinion among participants at the parley was for Nigeria to remain a single indivisible country, while government will work towards addressing the problem of youth unemployment and frustration across the country.
“So, for us, and that was the conclusion that everybody came to in the consultations we have had that we should all agree that we can live together peacefully.
“We should address injustice where we find it and the government should be equitable in the distribution of resources across the country snd then, find solution to youth unemployment and the frustration that is confronting most of the young people across this country.”