Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari revealed his discussion with late Biafran leader Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu in 2003 and the agreement they reached.
According to Buhari in a nationwide broadcast, “ In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
“ Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”
Ojukwu led the secessionist state of Biafra from 1967 to 1970. Some groups in the south-east are presently agitating for the restoration of the state.
The president also decried the spread of hate messages on social media.
“In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far,” he said in his speech.
Buhari also declared that every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere in the country – a response to the order given to the Igbo by some northern groups to leave the region by October 1.
“Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance,” he said.