Biafran agitators have a right to discuss their continued existence in Nigeria

Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Acting President on Thursday in Abuja said Biafran agitators and indeed all Nigerians have the right to question the basis for the continued existence of the country as presently constituted.

The Acting President made the comment at the conference organised by the Musa Yara dua foundation to mark the 50 years of the end of the Biafran civil war.

Arguing that the country was stronger together, Osinbajo urged all Nigerians to work for the good and unity of the country and not let frustrations inherent in the system make us see each other as enemies.

“Some say secession is the answer to charges of marginalisation. Some say Nigeria is colonial contraption, and that we should be independent ethnic nationalities. This is what forms the call for Biafra which is sometimes vitriolic,” he said.

“I have to differ, We are greater together than apart‎. Instead of trying to flee every time we face frustrations, it is best for us to come together to build the nation.

“We should not use the media, and the social media as a means to propagate hate. We cannot benefit from that. Our frustrations must not drive us to see other people as enemies.

“And, I believe Nigerians should exercise the right to discuss their existence here.”