50 years after Nigeria’s then Eastern Region declared itself the Republic of Biafra, sparking a brutal and costly three-year civil war, the country again faces a separatist challenge.
Across the Igbo south east, there is resurgent agitation for an independent Biafra state.
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Administrative structures decreed by northern-led military governments have also undermined the region.
They include political and economic grievances, a deep sense of collective victimisation among the Igbo, and the failure of south east politicians to provide good governance and development.Kindly tell me if this is what the people of this country deserve.Kindly let me know if this is how civilised societies are run.President Muhammadu Buhari’s forceful response to the agitation has been counter-productive, inflaming passions and boosting separatist sentiments.The government needs to change course and prioritise dialogue over coercion.