I said once an idea has taken hold, you cannot destroy that idea… “You may destroy the people that carry the idea on the battlefield, but, ultimately, it is not the end of the story.”
I was even arrested and detained for almost two years by Nigeria’s then-military regime over my alleged interaction with the Biafra leadership under General Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
What the Nigeria’s government needed now is to talk to pro-Biafra agitators, most of them ethnic Igbos who complain of being marginalized since the end of the conflict.
“Ask what are those things we can do to make you content, to make you feel part of this entity (Nigeria)…
What can we do to make them feel that they belong and are not alienated?”. “Listen to some other Biafrans and ask them why they want to stay.
“But, don’t go around saying ‘the sovereignty of this country is indivisible, this won’t happen under my watch, and it is not negotiable’. That type of language would only make matters worse.”