The pan-northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has reacted to the fresh agitation for Biafra, saying Nigeria can ill-afford another civil war.
The forum, therefore, told the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to desist from the cause as Biafra was dead and buried.
The ACF was reacting to Tuesday’s fracas between members of Arewa community and MASSOB in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A statement on Thursday by ACF’s Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim reads: “The attention of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been drawn to the Tuesday, November 10, fracas between some members of the Arewa Community and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) at Elelenwa junction in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“ACF learnt that some hoodlums sympathetic to MASSOB disrupted the peace in the cattle market as shops and valuable property were allegedly looted. The prompt intervention of security agencies saved the situation from degenerating into a communal conflict.
“The MASSOB demonstrators have, of recent, under the guise of demanding a Biafra Republic, been disrupting peace in some parts of the south east. This is not acceptable.
“Nigeria witnessed a Civil War 45 years ago to keep it as one; Biafra has long been buried and Nigeria cannot afford another civil unrest at this time that all hands are on deck to move the country forward.
“ACF hails the security agencies for their prompt action and the Rivers State government for taking measures that restored peace in the market, and its condemnation of the irresponsible action of the MASSOB agitators.
“ACF, therefore, calls upon MASSOB agitators, especially the youth, to channel their grievances, if any, through their representatives at the legislatures. They should listen to the wise counsel of their governors and Ndigbo leaders, who openly condemned their action and irresponsible demand”.
ACF also called on the Federal Government to take decisive action against any group or individuals that disrupts the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.