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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

People are fed up with Nigeria, but Biafra is not the answer - Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, in an interview with BBC News Pidgin has said that People are fed up with Nigeria, but Biafra is not the answer to the agitations by the young people of the South eastern part of Nigeria.

“Di young, young people for Southeast, dem say na Biafra, wetin dem know wey bi Biafra? But di thing be say dem no happy. Dem no happy as things dey for Nigeria and I no blame dem,” Obasanjo said.

“Some people are hungry, some people no get work… de problem be say, people are fed up because wetin dem want, dem no get. Hunger dey catch dem, family dem no fit take care of ,” Obasanjo said.



 Obasanjo also claimed that immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan did not believe that Boko Haram insurgency was a serious issue.
 
“We did not do what we should have done when we should have done it. We left it to become a very very intractable problem,” Obasanjo said in an interview with BBC on Sunday.
“I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening. Boko haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan. Jonathan didn’t believe that Boko Haram was a serious issue. He thought that it was a device by the North to prevent him from continuing as president of Nigeria which was rather unfortunate.
Even when Chibok girls were abducted, it took a while for the government to believe. Now if that is the situation, you can understand why the right attention was not paid to the issue of Boko Haram when it should have been paid.
Boko Haram will not be over. It started from a position of gross under-development, unemployment, youth frustration in the north-east. So we must be treating the disease not the symptom,” Obasanjo said.




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