The National President of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Gani Adams, has advised the federal government on how to stop the agitation of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
Adams says that only through dialogue can the agitators be made to drop the idea of a Biafra state.
The OPC leader stated that the use of force cannot guarantee the unity of the country.
After he was honoured as a culture ambassador by the Nigeria Union of Journalists Correspondents Chapel, Osun State, Gani Adams spoke on the Biafra agitators and the clash between the Nigerian army and the Shiite Muslims.
“I will just say that they (Biafra agitators) are entitled to their own self-determination. Look, there is a law in Africa that recognises right to self-determination. Also, there is a law in United Nations that recognises right to self-determination. There is a country in the United Nations that has a population of not up to 50,000 and their flag is at the United Nations.
“You can’t use force to co-opt people for the unity of Nigeria; you have to listen to their agitation. If we cannot give you secession, should we give you statism or regionalism? That is a process of negotiating. The British did not use force against Scotland when it seceded from Britain, and there is Catalona in Spain that wants to pull out, they didn’t use force against them.”
“What happened in Kaduna is not what Nigerians are expecting right now, especially with the crisis of Boko Haram, the agitation of the MASSOB. I will appeal to the military and other security agencies to be calm when they have provocation from different citizens of this country.
“In a civilised country, you don’t kill your citizens like that, even when they provoke you, you should pamper them in order to avoid such ugly situation. Even though they embarrassed the Chief of Army Staff, they (the army) should have disarmed them and arrest the leader for questioning and not using weapon to kill people like that.”
“Killing armless and innocent people like fowl should not be accepted in any sane democracy. The president have to be very careful, he should not play into the hands of some people.”