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Biafra: Concerned Igbos call for caution

A cross section of people in the South-East have counseled members of the pro-Biafran group, the  Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to tone down the intensity of their crusade as they equally called on the Nigerian authorities to release their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from detection.
A survey, conducted by Christian Voice in Owerri, Enugu, Onitsha and Aba, showed that people are afraid that a continued agitation by the group would attract the deployment of soldiers in the South-East which could lead to shedding of Igbo blood.
A middle-aged trader in Enugu said that so soon after the traumatic experience of Biafra, Ndigbo should not be exposed to such experience again.
Ukpai Agwu, a 30-year-old graduate of  Accountancy who deals on textile materials after eight years of postgraduate unemployment argued that the bulk of the youths engaged in the protests were doing so out of the economic difficulties in the country, not necessarily because they support or understand the implications of Biafra.
In his words; “many of the IPOB members were born long after the Biafra war and could not have been so zealous about its actualization if they had been taken care of in and by the society.”
But a young man who refused to disclose. his name or profession who overheard Agwu shouted in disagreement
“I am a Biafran, we know what we are doing, I don’t mind if I die for Biafra.”
A respondent in Owerri, Mrs Ada Okere, a teacher, recalled that over 50 members of MASSOB were allegedly killed in Okigwe some years ago while MASSOB leader Ralph Uwazuruike was detained many times.
“Those MASSOB members who were killed died in vain as they did not achieve Biafra. I understand that a new group, IPOB, has emerged. Will they get Biafra? I doubt it”, she remarked.
And in Onitsha, the business hub of the South-east a businessman, Chief Ike Okoli, said that every Igboman will like Biafra to rise but not through the style IPOB members want.
In Chief Okoli’s words, “IPOB members, mostly youths want to do it alone”. For Biafra to succeed everybody shall be involved, the old and young. On a few occasions I listened to Radio Biafra and I was scared by the abuses rained on other tribes and I stopped listening to the sation. Such abuses can cause a serious misunderstanding between Ndigbo and others. And I hear their leader lives in London.”
But another respondent in Onitsha, a woman who did not disclose her identity, urged the authorities to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu since the court has granted him bail and the bail conditions met.
“Government must ensure that he is safe lest he becomes a mtyr”.

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