The former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dozie Ikedife, has come out to declare that Ndigbo can never forget about Biafra, because it has become their identity.
This statement was made by the Igbo chieftain in Nnewi, Anambra state, on Friday, October 6.
Ikedife maintained that no one would forget their identity, stating:
“No true Oduduwa or Arewa would accept to forget their identities.”
Ikedife further reiterated, that it would be wrong for anyone to tell others to neglect their identity.
saying, “These are people who met in the South Eastern part of West Africa in an area now called Nigeria when the Portuguese explorers of the 15th century came calling during their exploration of West Africa.”
“Note that in any situation, anybody sitting comfortably would like the status quo to be maintained. “
“On the other hand, anybody not sitting comfortably would call for adjustment.”
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This is basic. “They call for restructuring; we have to define what we are restructuring.”
“To what extent will it go? Will it be far enough to remove all these traces of discomfort in the system, or will it just be a perfunctory alleviation of the discomfort? “ We must understand that.
“And until the inequality, marginalization, uneven distribution of patronages, infrastructural development, unemployment, economic empowerment, accommodation or systematic exclusion are addressed, the agitation up and down in this country will certainly not abate.”
However, the well respected Igbo chieftain maintained that self-determination can be achieved not by violence but through dialogue, diplomacy, and operating within the law.