Forgive Igbo Youths For Embarking On Pro-biafra Protests – Enugu Archbishop Begs Buhari
SAN FRANCISCO, January 15, (THEWILL) – Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev'd Emmanuel Chukwuma has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to forgive Igbo youths for embarking on pro-Biafra protests, which he describing as “misguided, misdirected and against the general interest of Ndigbo.”
Disclosing this on Thursday during an interactive session with newsmen at the Bishop's court in Enugu, Dr. Chukwuma observed that some selfish persons from Igboland, both at home and in the Diaspora, were sponsoring the protests to achieve their personal motives and not necessarily to actualize Biafra.
He however urged the President to unconditionally release the detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, in obedience to court orders, assuring that “we are ready as church leaders to direct Kanu on the proper thing to do.”
According to the respected cleric, “agitation is nothing bad, but the Biafra agitation is misguided. We plead with the Federal Government not to see it as rebellion; on unity of Nigeria we stand, to keep Nigeria as one is a task that must be done.”
“The Igbo nation is not ready for any form of secession; our people have invested across the country; they have businesses here and there and all these cannot be wasted.”
“Biafra agitation is not our priority now; all we ask for is equity and justice.”
Speaking further, he said: “In as much as President Buhari may say we did not vote for him, our people in APC supported him; it is not enough to say that he appointed ministers from Igbo land; it does not translate to infrastructural development; he should temper justice with mercy and forgive the shortcomings of our youths who are engaging in these protests.
“Our promise to him is that we shall surely tame these youths and redirect them appropriately. The President should not be vindictive.”
“We, therefore, plead with Mr. President, that since he said he was for nobody but for everybody, it should be translated into action. The poor state of infrastructure, including the power and agricultural sector should be addressed.”