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Taiwo Rotimi wants Federal Government of Nigeria to dialogue with the Biafra Agitators

 kanuTaiwo Rotimi, an International Politics expert has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to grant audience to the Biafra agitators. He said, he was neither a Biafra sympathiser, nor a separatist, but like John F Kennedy the former United States President said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”,
According to him, the Federal Government of Nigeria should listen to what the Pro-Biafra agitators have to say. The negative attitude of relegating the Biafra agitation mainly from the South-East Geo-political zone of Nigeria for an independent state of their own will do nobody any good but will rather fuel an already combustive situation if care is not taken. He reminded the Federal Government about the full provision of the United Nations Adopted by General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960, Section 2 which states that “All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” Thus the need to dialogue with the agitators.

He opined that the right question which needs to be answered by every patriotic Nigeria is: “Has the Igbo people like the Yoruba and Hausa which form the major three tribes in Nigeria been fully absolved into the new Nigerian polity after the Civil war of 1966-70? This is to be followed up by the second question if the answer to the first question is No. Why should this be so difficult to do or put another way what seems to be the problem with their complete rehabilitation into the Nigerian national state ?.

The International Politics expert proffered a solution to the problem by saying that it is not by playing the politics of denial neither is it by talking tough and being high handed with this burning issue, but rather by as some well respected and patriotic Nigerians have suggested by engaging with them through dialogue and finding out exactly what the problems are and determine how these can be amicably resolved so that there can be a lasting peace in the region. He said that Biafra is an ideal, and from history, one tyrant may succeed in killing those who hold true to a particular ideal but nobody can succeed in killing the ideal itself. Furthermore, as long as a section of the polity continue to feel left out from the mainstream of decision making process, there will continue to be agitation and insecurity. Taiwo Rotimi recommended as a way of placating the zone, he would like an understanding amongst the major political parties to zone the 2019 General election for the Presidency to the South-East Geo-political zone. It is in the true believe that this can placate those who are clamouring for balkanising Nigeria and generate the needed sense of belonging for the zone.

Presently, there are many battles being waged at all fronts by the Federal Government of Nigerian and adding an agitation of this magnitude which is a valid agitation according to the provision of the United Nations called The Right of Self determination, will be a disservice to the nation. The other choice is to call a Referendum in the zone that is clamouring for Self Determination. To wave this away and pretend that all is well is like postponing the day of reckoning and could lead to more agitations, instability and destruction, he concluded.

Taiwo Rotimi is an expert in International Politics and a Socio-political commentator.

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