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.
“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.
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.