|Chief Olusegun Obasanjo|
The former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he would want to meet and talk to people like the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Mr. Obasanjo, who said this during an interview with the Newsweek Magazine, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu for agitating for Biafran republic.
Obasanjo noted that dialogue would curb the secessionist agitation in the South-east region.
It should be recall that Mazi Kanu is the arrowhead of a new wave of separatist agitation in the South-east, which has triggered apprehension and unrest among the people in the region following the recent clash between the group and the men of the Nigerian military.
After the clash on Friday, the Nigerian Army declared Mazi Kanu’s IPOB a “terrorist organisation”, which hours after the Army’s declaration, the Southeast governors’ forum at a meeting in Enugu also proscribed the separatist organisation.
However, speaking in an interview, Obasanjo said there was nothing wrong if Mr. Buhari established dialogue with the leader of the separatist movement.
“I don’t see anything wrong in that. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it,” he said.
“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, (and ask) ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the South-east but from all parts of Nigeria.”
“Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war. I fought in that war and it was an unfortunate war and I said I had fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.
“The heavy boot is not the solution. I believe also whatever may be the frustration of any youth in any part of Nigeria; I believe secession is not the solution.
“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out,” he said.