Biafra: need for dialogue

For some time now, there has been a furious resurgence of the agitation for Biafra in the South-East and some parts of the South-South in reaction to the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra.
Kanu, a former London co-ordinator of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), split from the parent body to found the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which membership comprises mostly passionate Igbo youths.
Never before since the formation of MASSOB in 1999, has the agitation drawn such a global attention and, perhaps sympathy, thanks to Kanu’s effective use of the Internet.
So far, the agitations have been peaceful with the police and security agencies commendably professional in handling the protests. This has heightened  the call for the release of Kanu from detention as tolerance of peaceful protests is the hallmark of democratic polities.
It is advisable that the federal government should handle the issue with circumspection to douse a glowing inferno given the array of challenges confronting her at present including insurgency, unemployment, dilapidated infrastructure and the parlous state of the economy.
On the other hand, given the traumatic experience, deprivations and agony suffered by Ndigbo during the civil war, the replication of Biafra cannot be an option, at least for now.
We advise Kanu and his group to reflect deeply on the consequences and viability of their enterprise and  not be to carried away by the solidarity expressed by some human rights groups from the West through the social media. If and when the chips are down, they may not be of any help.
Again, the hate comments and derisive remarks against some ethnic groups have to be discontinued as such could breed violent reprisals.

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