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THE former Governor of Abia State, Dr Uzor Orji Kalu, has flared and lashed out at Biafra agitators.
He said anyone who is doing anything to divide the country has lost his senses, in other words, that person could best be described as a mad person. He made the remark while speaking to Daily Sun in an interview.
When asked what is the cause of the growing agitations in Nigeria, he minced no words in saying Nigerians have gone a little crazy particularly those who are talking about breaking up the country.
Excerpt:
What’s actually the cause of the growing agitations in the country?
Something is definitely wrong. I feel that Nigerians have gone a little bit crazy on issues that are not supposed to be; few politicians have used their background and contacts to polarise the country, which is not supposed to be but I have no apologies in what I am saying.
Few politicians, when it is good for them, they will preach religion; when it’s very good for them, they will preach ethnic group where they come just to win votes and it has sunk into our psyche. Since the return of democracy, you will see leaders, telling lies openly and people will be clapping for them and this has happened for almost 18 years or thereabout and you will see that people, who are now 18 years old have structured that as a way of life. You see betrayals here and there; you see people doing things that honestly are supposed to be antithetical and people are clapping and this is not the way we’re supposed to be.
So, we have all manner of fight; one is between the rich and the poor, the other fight is between religion and religion; the other fight is between tribes, the other fight is among the minorities or the majorities over who is fully hated by other parts of the nation, and this is not right.

Wherever you see the Igbo, somebody will tell you that you are Igbo, ‘why are you Igbo’ scornfully. It’s not right for a nation, it is not good for nation building and nation building takes time; it takes trust, compassion, tolerance, perseverance and other things to help in nation building. Nation building is not one-day affair.
Regarding those who are shouting restructuring, some of them might not even understand what they are looking for. I feel restructuring doesn’t mean dividing the country. Anybody who is talking about dividing the country or questioning the unity of Nigeria is mad; Nigeria should remain a very big country. In fact, if we have the opportunity, we should bring Equatorial Guinean, Chad and all the rest to be part of United States of Nigeria. So, we need it and nobody should think that we had fought the first civil war for nothing. I wouldn’t want to say publicly what Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu told me before he died, but I have him on tape; video and audio.
He fought the civil war; he succeeded in fighting for what he believed in, but you ask yourself, are we ready to do the same thing again? The answer is no. Now, what we have to do as Nigerian people is to fight economic war among ourselves, to put things in order for poor people, middle class people to enjoy; we should be busy building up millions of people from the lower class to the middle class, that is what we should be concerned about.
Some persons are saying, ‘go back to the region or make the state the federating unit’, which is constitutionally appropriate because what we are operating now is what I call a unitary democracy. To them, that is restructuring. Unless you remove these impediments, holding down our democracy, we cannot have true federalism. So, when they use the language restructuring, it becomes problem for people who actually want to stand by it. Restructuring ordinarily appears as if people are saying you must divide the country.
But, what we are saying is, go back to fiscal federalism. If we do that and feel the six geopolitical zones cannot meet what we are looking at, we will go back and see if we can make it eight to ten zones. Let me give youexample, in Bende the Local Government, Abia State where I come from, many people from Alayi, Ozuitem, Igbere, Itumbuzor, Ugwueke, Ezeugwu, Umuhu speak Ibibio. So, how can an Edo man be a brother to an Ibibio, when we are their next door neigbour?  The Ibibio man is my brother. So, we need to renegotiate the geopolitical zones to suit properly and then go fully for devolution of power at the centre. What they should have said is that they want regional government to come back without even saying they need restructuring.


I understand that there would be election in 2019, so all kinds of politicians are saying what they do not believe in; when it comes to doing what they had said; they would not be able to do it.

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