Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has described the activities of the Biafra groups who have been protesting in many cities in the South-East and South-South as madness, saying Biafra died with the end of the Nigerian civil war in 1970.
Addressing a press conference in Awka, yesterday, the chairman of Forum of State Presidents of Ohaneze in the seven Igbo-speaking states, Dr. Chris Eluomunoh dissociated the organization from the agitations, saying those involved were victims of deceit.
Acording to him, “You will notice that Ohaneze has been very silent on the issue of Biafra insurgency, though the youth wing of Ohaneze has been speaking on it. Ohaneze, as the Igbo cultural group, cannot support Biafra and we dissociate ourselves from it totally.
“Igbo people have contributed so much in the development of Nigeria and we cannot allow some people to jeopardise the lives and efforts of millions of Igbo people residing in all parts of Nigeria.
“We believe that anybody who has any issue to settle with the federal government should use dialogue and that is why we participated in the last National Conference. No sane Igbo person would want to witness a repeat of the kind of thing that happened during the Nigerian civil war.
“Ojukwu, who led the Biafra war, returned to Nigeria from exile and contested elections in Nigeria, which showed that he was fully integrated in Nigeria and was a full- fledged Nigerian before he died.”