A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and member of the Lagos Forum, Mr. Shehu Bankole-Hameed, has faulted the agitation for Biafra, saying the federal government is too soft on the agitators.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) are the frontline groups agitating for the creation of an independent Republic of Biafra and have been holding protests to press home their demand.
The leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who was a leading voice for the creation of Biafra using his radio station – Radio Biafra – was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, since October 2015 and is currently standing trial for treason.
Speaking on the continued detention of Kanu, Mr. Bankole-Hameed said: “I think this is truly an interesting development. Here is someone who knows that what he did embark on was nothing short of terrorism. What does he expect of the authorities? Body massage, hotel accommodation or what? He is lucky Nigeria is not interested in capital punishment, otherwise he may be so charged. I think the government is even soft on him”.
He, however, advocated for an amendment of the Nigerian constitution to allow for agitation among the various ethnic nationalities within the confines of the law.
“What needs to be done is to amend the Constitution to allow for legal agitation, where structured steps are laid out for such discourse”, he said. “Many countries have such provision. There should be no force or coercion in Union. Right now, activities related to agitation for Biafra is tantamount to terrorism”.