The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah, has that the renewed agitation for the actualisation of Biafra Republic would not have risen if the government had adopted sound strategies to address the issues.
Kukah shared his thoughts in the 2016 edition of Truth Magazine, a publication of the Dominican Student Brothers, Ibadan.
According to him, “the so called movement for Biafra has gestated more as a result of the poor strategy that the government may have adopted in dealing with these issues.
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“Everything is always the result of many other isolated things that finally come together. Some times, it is more important to ask what may have provided the conditions. So, again, the so called movement for Biafra has gestated more as a result of the poor strategy that the government may have adopted in dealing with these issues.”
Speaking on the primary cause of violence in the country, the outspoken cleric said, “extremism in whatever form operates in an environment of weak government’s presence, which tends to create a climate of corruption. This is why most of the violence often springs from the periphery of society where poverty exists. It is also the reasons why you hardly find violence expressed in places like Asokoro, Victoria Island or the GRAs where the big men and women live together surrounded by their wealth, power and privilege which enables them to live peacefully.”