Biafra: Obasanjo calls for negotiation, says there’s no alternative
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria has urged the federal government to open up for negotiation with the Biafra supporters seeking to leave the country and start the country of their own.
The former president made the remark while delivering a lecture at the event held to commemorate 50 years of the declaration of an independent state on May 30, 1967 by Biafra late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
He stated, “I believe that the point must be clear. Nigeria must be loved and we must treat Nigeria as we treat love affairs. It must be massaged. Nigeria must be massaged by all of us.
“It is like a love affair. If in a house with a husband and a wife and the wife says ‘I am fed up, I am going’ and every day, that is the song you hear, you will soon get fed up yourself as the husband and you will say, ‘if you want to go, you can go’.
“But if there is any misunderstanding and you resolve it, and you find a solution, you will live together almost forever. I believe there is no substitute for holding Nigeria and massaging it as you massage love. There is no alternative and I will say we should even appeal.
“If anybody says he wants to go, it is not that you will say ‘you can go if you want to go’. Don’t go! There is enough cake for each and every one of us. If what you are asking for is more of the cake, then ask for it in a way that is pleasant, not in a way that will make others feel you are not entitled to what you are asking for.”