President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo socio-cultural organization, John Nwodo, has appealed to Igbos in the South-East region to put behind their agitation for Biafra and focus on restructuring.
Nwodo said this in Umuahia during the inauguration of the state and local government executives of the Abia State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
According to him, “We should forget Biafra and insist on restructuring. There is no Igbo person that is happy with the situation of things in Nigeria. We must seek peaceful ways of resolving the issues.”
The Igbo leader further revealed how he and elders in the region warned leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu against the manner he was going about his agitation for Biafra, but he did not listen.
He also said Kanu was told that his insistence on Biafra and boycott of the November 18 election in Anambra State were not acceptable to Ndigbo, hence he should abandon his rigid position and join in the quest for restructuring.
Nwodo justified the proscription of IPOB by the Governors Forum, explaining that what the state chief executives did was to stop IPOB from engaging in its public activities that could spark fatal clashes with security agencies.