Date: June 23, 2021, 06:23:16 AM
Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the Vatican City, Francis Cardinal Arinze, has warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and the Igbo people in general, not to attract another civil war in Nigeria through their actions or inactions.
“Ojukwu and the rest of Biafra soldiers were fighting what they saw as a just cause, but being right or innocent does not guarantee victory in any battle.
“Biafra was persecuted; they fought hard; but they could not adequately defend themselves. They did their best, but were defeated.
“My advice is that they should sheathe their swords. Those that witnessed the civil war, either at the Nigerian side or Biafra side, wouldn’t want war again,” he said.
Instead, Arinze advised Igbo people, including those clamouring for referendum to be active in politics; saying it is the only solution for the Igbo to get what is theirs in Nigeria.“Igbo people should take political actions. By this, I mean Igbo people belonging strongly to major political parties in the country. This will give them the opportunity to participate in political discussions. When this happens, the Igbo will always get what is due for them;
but staying out of politics, or probably staying in London to criticise government without making effort to be part of government and part of decision making will do the people no good,” he said.