The Igbo socio-cultural group under the aegis Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that the agitation for the restoration of Biafra is not an Igbo agenda.
John Nwodo, the President general of the organisation, made this known in Umuahia, Abia state capital, at the third inauguration of the state and local government executives committees of the Abia state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, according to him, restructuring of the polity is and remains the position of Ndigbo in the ongoing debate about the future of the country.
The organisation’s position over rides the demand for independence been agitated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In the few years the IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu, has insisted that the federal government should convoke a referendum that would give birth to Biafra, for the South East and some parts of the South South regions of the country.
Mr. Nwodo rather stated that Biafra is a tall order, given constitutional roadblocks in this dispensation.
“We should forget Biafra and insist on restructuring; there is no Igbo person that is happy with the situation of things in Nigeria, we must seek for peaceful ways of resolving the issues,” he said.
The presidency had on Monday said the Igbo group could have done more to check the excesses of the separatist group, IPOB.
In his speech, the Mr. Nwodo cautioned the Kanu led IPOB group to desist from making inciting statements that will trigger crises. Adding that the firsthand experience he had during the civil war has given him an understanding of the throes of war.
“There are 11.6 million Igbo people living in the North and, it will be wise for Igbo people living in the South East, and elsewhere, to put them into consideration while speaking or engaging in certain activities.
“I urged Igbo youths to desist from activities and comments that could spark violence in the nation. At the moment, what Igbo people need to fight for is restructuring of the nation,” he said.