Nigeria’s minister of Labour and
Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has finally
opened up on the protests by the Indigenous
People Of Biafra (IPOB) for a sovereign
The former governor of Anambra state, who
spoke with Naij.com in Alor, venue of his
late father’s funeral ceremony, insisted that
there is nothing like Biafra.
According to him, the protesters are only a
group of discontented people, a situation
which is not peculiar to the eastern part of
the country where they are domiciled.
Senator Chris Ngige addressing people
during the condolence visit to his Alor
residence on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
When asked what he thinks about the
incessant protests by the pro-Biafrans, he
noted with a lot of assurance, that the
protesters are to the east, what Boko Haram
is to the northern part of the country and
the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the
southwestern part of the country.
Senator Chris Ngige and his elder brother,
Chief Edwin Ngige. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
He said, therefore, that there is really no
need for Nigerians to panic about their
presence or activities as they would be
handled the same way others were dealt
with by the federal government.
“Biafra? What do you mean by Biafra?” he
retorted rhetorically when asked about the
struggle by the protesters.
“There is no struggle anywhere. There is even
no agitation. It is just discontent.”
Senator Chris Ngige during the condolence
visit to his residence on Saturday, January,
2016. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.
“In Yoruba land, they say they are OPC, Oodua
Peoples Congress; in the Niger Delta, they say
they are militants; in the northern part of
Nigeria, especially the northwest and
northeast, they say they are Boko Haram. They
are against western education. They say that it
is from western education that they learn how
to steal money.
“So, it is discontent. The people who say they
are doing Biafra agitation are the same thing
and they will be handled the same way others
have been handled. Dialogue!” the former
Senator quickly added.
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