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26 May 2017

‘Don't Leave Nigeria,There Is Enough Cake To Share’ -Obasanjo Tells Biafra Agitators

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says
engaging in dialogue with those agitating for an independent state of Biafra is a sure way to
resolving the issue.

Speaking at the Biafra conference in Abuja on
Thursday, the former president said Nigerians must treat the country with care.

He said the country’s fundamental problem was
that it had lacked national leaders.
“We never had a national leader. Our leaders at the beginning were mindful of
their regions. That is our problem till today,” he said.

”I have maintained that the young officers who struck in 1966 were naive
but there were some element of
nationalism in some of them. Be that as it may, it set us back.”

He said the war showed the bad side of the
country.
“The language used in the war did not
help matters, the people on the Biafra
side called us vandals and we called
them rebels,” he said.
“We thought we would end the war in
three months, but it took us 30 months,
and the federal side nearly lost it.
”Civil war is more difficult than fighting in a
foreign land because we are fighting to unite.
”Even a soldier of mine who tried to rape
a woman… I had to chase him with a
gun. He did not succeed in raping the woman, and I did not have to gun him
down.”
Obasanjo said some of those agitating for
Biafra today lacked an understanding of what it
entails.
“Some of the people agitating for Biafra today were not even born then. They
don’t know what it entails,” he said.
”But I think, we should even appeal to those saying they want to go, we should
not tell them to go, we should make
them understand that there is enough
cake to share. We should massage Nigeria just like in a love relationship.”

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