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Biafra Agitation adversely affecting South-East Economy – Orji Kalu

by on August 2, 2017
 

Former Abia State gover­nor, Chief Orji Kalu, has said that the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra is adversely affecting the econo­my of the South-East.

Kalu told journalists on Tuesday in Abuja at a joint press conference with mem­bers of the Coalition of North­ern Groups (CNG), that he opened up consultations with the group because of recent threats and counter threats developments by youths from different parts of the country.

He said that Nnamdi Kanu was not the only one talking about Biafra, adding that he had access to all of them and would continue parley with them.

According to Kalu,“it is an issue of great concern to the re­gion; the young people on the street do not know the damage the Biafra agitation does to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the region.

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“The GDP of the area has gone down grossly; I am an en­trepreneur and I know it. Cam­eroon, Chad, Niger and others used to buy goods from Aba, now how many of them still go there?

“We resolved this issue when I was the governor of Abia State with Ralph Uwazulike and he listened; we will speak with Nnamdi Kanu and he will lis­ten,’’ he said.

Kalu said that the diversity and demography of Nigeria was its strength.

He said that every part of the country has something to offer for its development, noting that anybody who thinks otherwise is making serious mistakes.

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Kalu urged the group to sup­port the call for restructuring as it did not mean breaking up the country.

The former governor thanked Shettima Yerima, the Chairman of CNG for coming to the meet­ing, adding that there would be further consultations in order to reach a common ground.

Yerima said that he had been engaging with Kalu since the quit notice issue came up.

Yerima, who is also the Chair­man of Arewa Youth Consulta­tive Forum, said that Kalu was worried that the unity of Nigeria was being threatened.

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  • jerry
    August 2, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I want to know since when the struggle for Biafra nation started affecting the development of southeast, why can’t this politicians say the truth. simple Nigeria is a failed country. how can you force us to believe that after 50years of no development in the east that a struggle that immerged 3 years back was the cause. the more you lie the more we see reason to believe Nnamdi Kanu

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