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Too late to pull out of Nigeria – Lawmaker

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Jude Idimogu , on Saturday , said it was too late for the Igbo nation to pull out of Nigeria.

Idimogu , representing Oshodi /Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly , told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that secession would be injurious to the Igbo .

He said, “ As a full blooded Igbo man and a Nigerian , I believe that staying in Nigeria as an entity will prosper the Igbo nation better than pulling out .

“ After the 1967 Civil war , the Igbo man started all over again to build up ; now Igbo nation has made progress in terms of economy and politics .

“ Though the Igbo nation has not reached where it is expected to be politically, we should dialogue rather than be creating war scenarios.
“ It is too late to pull out ( of Nigeria), Igbo nation has united Nigeria because they have businesses everywhere in this country . ”

The lawmaker urged the Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, to rescind from any action that could create enmity against Igbo around the country .

He urged the Igbo nation to unite with other ethnic groups in the country to articulate their grievances and actualise their dreams .

“ My children were born in Lagos and some of them don ’ t even know their state of origin, they speak Yoruba and so many Igbo children are like that across the North and West.

“ We have our future in Nigeria. The only thing Igbo nation should fight for is political power not by creating war scenarios but by merging with other nations/ tribes in Nigeria – the Northerners and Westerners.

“ Most Igbo , over 50 per cent, don ’ t even believe in Biafra because they have counted the cost from 1970 after the war till 2017 . No one wants to go back to square one ; it is not possible .

“ As a person, I am against it; what the Igbo man should struggle for in this entity are equality , fairness and justice, not pulling out .

“ It is very late to pull out , it will be difficult because majority of us are not ready to fight any war; I don ’ t want to lose my life nor my sons and daughter in war ; I believe we can make Nigeria our home. ”

According to him, even if the Igbo nation wants to pull out of Nigeria, it is not going to be overnight or by aggression , rather it should be via a friendly and democratic process .

“ Kanu should calm down , unite with Ohanaeze Ndigbo , a tree cannot make a forest, ” the lawmaker said .

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