A prominent Nigerian politician and leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Maxi Okwu, has told President Buhari that his stand on the agitation for Biafra may not be democratic enough.
According to Okwu, it would just do the federal government a great deal to democratically engage the agitators and come to a fertile ground for the progress of the country.
President Buhari had recently said he would not engage in a referendum on the issue of Biafra as was being suggested by some Nigerians.
There had been agitations by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra, with other groups springing up. Some of their protests and agitations have also turned violent following clashes with security operatives.
Buhari was quoted as saying during a media event in New York City at the end of his visit to the United States as the leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 71th United Nations’ General Assembly that the choice left for Biafran activists is to form a political party that would advance their interest within the Nigerian democratic space.
In a response on his Facebook wall, Okwu said: “I do not always agree with PMB these days, but I concede has made a point here, and thrown a challenge which I state is in order. That’s what I call democratic engagement.
“It’s now over to the Igbo political class particularly the progressive elements among them to do the needful.
“From what has happened so far starting from the MASSOB and now IPOB agitations, the greater majority of Ndigbo want a radical restructuring of the unjust federation we now operate or OUT.
“This is not the Nigeria the founding fathers, including my late father Senator BC Okwu CFR Ikenecheoha (Greater Awgu), who was part of the NCNC delegation agreed to in the late 50s at Lancaster House London.”
Chief Maxi Okwu, also recently said the All Progressives Congress (APC) made a mistake allowing Buhari to campaign for Godwin Obaseki, the party’s governorship candidate in Edo state, arguing that the president had not demonstrated a capability to govern the country.