Why some Igbos want to leave Nigeria – Balarabe Musa


Alhaji Balarabe Musa noted that Igbos have not had their fair share in Nigeria. 


The former governor said things could have been better if Gowon and Murtla’s structures were followed.


He said majority of Igbo want a better Nigeria.



Alhaji Balarabe Musa who is a former governor of Kaduna state has said that the reason some Igbos are calling for an independent Biafra state is because they have not benefitted much from Nigeria. 


Musa noted that since the Biafra war ended, Igbos have not had their fair share in the country’s establishment. 


The former governor said things could have turned out differently if the programme started by General Yakubu Gowon and General Murtala Mohammed had continued. He said: 


“Sincerely speaking, the South-East has not had a fair-share since the civil war. Their marginalization is quite obvious. “But if the policy of reconstruction, reintegration and reconciliation of Gen.Gowon and the late Gen. Murtala’s administrations had continued, the agitation by the few Igbo for Biafra state would have been a thing of the past. “It is the marginalization that is making a small section of the Igbo to agitate for Biafra. 


If the reconstruction and reconciliation had been sustained, there wouldn’t have been any need for Biafra because the number of those Igbo asking for Biafra is not more than 10 percent. “The majority of the Igbo crave for a better Nigeria particularly because of their experience and they are prepared to fight for the unity of Nigeria. 


“Majority of Igbo leaders have said in clear terms that they want a better Nigeria where they can expand because they are enterprising in nature. “As you are aware, people who are enterprising would prefer a big community as against a small one.


“Some of them desire a better Nigeria because they don’t want the previous experience of war to repeat itself. But the agitation for Biafra is a ticking time-bomb just as the level of poverty in Nigeria. “Like I said earlier, the system of development in Nigeria tend to divide the people. 


There were times in history when the Igbo were targeted and isolated because they were enterprising and because of the system that operates in Nigeria. “And probably the system could marginalize everybody until there is a brutal revolution.” 

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