Emeka Ojukwu says agitation of the people of Biafra is valid but the methodology which the groups are employing is not right.
In an interview with Punch, Ojukwu said the agitation of the groups must be devoid of violence and hate speech.
“The agitation of IPOB and MASSOB is a valid agitation. The only thing I hold against them is their methodology. But for somebody to fight for self-determination I do not see anything wrong in that. It is like a marriage; there are times the situation will be rosy and pleasant, there are times there will be some upheavals,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “So, we must give room for those things. No one should say those boys shouldn’t talk. They are allowed to talk. But what I am against or what I frown on is their taking over the road because when it comes to roads, there is what we call ‘access.’ If a Yoruba man wants to go to Port Harcourt (Rivers state) or Aba (Abia state), you should not try to block the road, saying you want to vent your spleen because of some certain grievances.
“You’re obstructing him and if you succeed in doing that, you’re proving that there is no government and there is insecurity.
“If there is a need to demonstrate or do whatever, then they should go to a stadium, book the venue, go to the police to get a public permit to hold a demonstration and you can all stay in the stadium, have (a protest by) candlelight and get the media to cover the protest – that’s enough of a message to pass across to the world.
“It is better than recruiting a group of young children from the universities, indoctrinating them and pushing them to get on the roads to do whatever they think they like; acting that way doesn’t help anybody. Their agitation must be devoid of violence. Any agitation must be devoid of hate speech. The reality is that nobody has a monopoly of hate speech. Everybody should be civil in relating with their fellow men. We must eschew hate speech to avoid bad consequences.”
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has been allegedly leading hate speeches contradicting his bail conditions after he was detained over his actions.