Secession not Solution to Problems Bedevilling Igbos, Says Alhaji


By Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto

A former Minister of Finance and Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, has cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against overheating the polity, saying secession is not the solution to the problems bedevilling the South-east region.

He also opposed those clamouring for the restructuring of the country, insisting that Nigeria only requires a purposeful and competent leader irrespective of tribe and religion to take the country to the next level.

Speaking during a chat with THISDAY at his residence in Sokoto Tuesday, the elder statesman charged the agitators to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance, stressing that their activities have created tension in the South-east region.

He maintained that Nigerians should remain as one, adding that the break-up of the country is not the solution to the problems affecting the South-east region.

“I don’t believe secession is the answer to our problems. We should remain united as one country. Sometimes I wake up and weep for Nigeria. Buhari said late Odumegwu Ojukwu visited him in Daura and told him that he is for one Nigeria not Biafra. And that those clamouring for secession are on their own,” he said.

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