A leader of the Igbo community in Ibadan, Chief Aloy Obi, has advised members of the Independent People of Biafra ( IPOB ) seeking secession of Southeast Nigeria to channel their grievances through the umbrella body of the Igbo people, the Ohaneze Ndigbo.
Obi, who is the Onyedu Ndigbo of Ibadan land, gave the advice in a statement yesterday.
The Igbo leader said though it is obvious that Igbo people are not well represented in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, IPOB should channel its grievances through Ohaneze which is made up of elders and experienced people who can manage agitation successfully.
He, however, criticized the Federal Government for classifying the group as a terrorist organization, saying agitation is acceptable in democracy.
Obi also joined his voice to the call for restructuring of Nigeria. He said the need to restructure the country is sacrosanct, pointing out that the report of the 2014 national conference could serve as a guide for implementing restructuring.
He, however, insisted that the unity of the country must not be compromised in attempts to restructure the country.
He explained that a weak center will be far better than the current strong center, adding that the success of regionalism in the First Republic is a confirmation of the need to restructure.
According to him, regionalism allowed the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo to achieve several feats for the development of Western Nigeria.
Obi also called on the Federal Government to pay more attention to the economy. He said indices of recession are still with Nigerians. He p, therefore, urged the government to embark on projects and policies that will erase the indices of recession. The Nation