Second Republic governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile with the South-East, the same way the late President Umaru Yar‘Adua reconciled with the Niger-Delta militants.
According to him, the Igbos agitating for Biafra are not like Boko Haram insurgents and so, the president should listen to them. Besides, the government provoked them, he claims.
“When this government appointed its kitchen cabinet, was there anyone to represent the interest of the South-East there? Detaining Nnamdi Kanu, the arrow head of the agitation, is not in the best interest of our dear country. President Buhari, being the father of the country, should try to reconcile with the South-East, the same way the late President Umaru Yar‘Adua reconciled with the Niger-Delta militants,” Musa said.
“…there is a disconnect between these agitating youths and their leaders. They have been provoked with the exemption of the region from his kitchen cabinet! He is the leader of the country. They are not like Boko Haram that you can’t identify. You simply work with them. He should call them for peace talks and they will respond,” Balarabe Musa said.
“The Igbo should be given all their entitlements in representation, according to federal character and as enshrined in the Constitution,” the lder statesman said.
“If the marginalisation of the Igbo in the kitchen cabinet of the President had happened to the North in the event that a southerner is the head of government, where would Nigeria be? So why is it happening to Ndigbo that are part and parcel of Nigeria? That is why I feel it is a mistake that should be corrected immediately, and things will be favourable to Nigeria and the President. The fact that a great number of Igbo had abandoned Biafra and called for one Nigeria, is a call for peace. I think Buhari should embrace it and make amends,” Musa said.