Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, over his agitation for secession, saying Biafra will only be needed if the restructuring of Nigeria fails.
In a statement released by the group, it insisted that a restructured Nigeria is better than the actualisation of Biafra.
”There is a raging debate on whether Igbo want Biafra, restructuring or referendum. Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s position has been constant and clear.
”It advocates that a restructured Nigeria with justice and equity will serve Ndigbo more than secession.
”It took into consideration the past, present and future before arriving at this crucial decision. Good enough, key voices in Nigeria are keying in to this mood.
”Referendum is not a bad idea, but it’s not a tea party either. It is an option that will be more potent if restructuring clamour fails.
”Our children in IPOB and MASSOB, though with genuine grievances, need to be on the same page with Ohanaeze Ndigbo,” the group said.
Ohanaeze said Nnamdi Kanu has done well in heightening the mood of Ndigbo in Nigeria, but there must be caution and restraint in the strategy and methodology.