The second republic governor of Kaduna State and Veteran politician, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has said that the majority of the Igbos prefer one Nigeria, says that only 10% of the Igbos are in support of Biafra.
According to him, the number of the Igbo people asking for Biafra is not more than 10 percent.
Balarabe, however noted that the Igbos have not had their fair share in the scheme of things in Nigeria since the time of the civil war.
Their marginalization is quite obvious. But if the policy of reconstruction, reintegration and reconciliation of Gen. Gowon and the late Gen. Murtala’s administrations had continued, the agitation by the few Igbo for Biafra state would have been a thing of the past.
It is the marginalization that is making a small section of the Igbo to agitate for Biafra.
If the reconstruction and reconciliation had been sustained, there wouldn’t have been any need for Biafra because the number of those Igbo asking for Biafra is not more than 10 percent.
The majority of the Igbo crave for a better Nigeria particularly because of their experience and they are prepared to fight for the unity of Nigeria.
Majority of Igbo leaders have said in clear terms that they want a better Nigeria where they can expand because they are enterprising in nature.
As you are aware, people who are enterprising would prefer a big community as against a small one. Some of them desire a better Nigeria because they don’t want the previous experience of war to repeat itself. But the agitation for Biafra is a ticking time-bomb just as the level of poverty in Nigeria.
Like I said earlier, the system of development in Nigeria tend to divide the people.
There were times in history when the Igbo were targeted and isolated because they were enterprising and because of the system that operates in Nigeria. And probably the system could marginalize everybody until there is a brutal revolution.