Chief Ayo Opadokun, elder statesman and Secretary-General of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has urged the Federal Government to respond favourably to the agitation of the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) so as avoid distracting the government.
Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on activities of the group when President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to Japan for Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), Opadokun said while he didn’t support the method employed by IPOB in pressing home their demands, the federal government should grant them audience and address the issues so as to avoid further distractions.
To people in government, IPOB members are rebels but to those who are fighting for self-determination, they are doing something that is totally acceptable. Nobody gives you your right anywhere in the world, you must fight for it every day”
If that is one of the ways by which they could do so, the Nigerian government should do what is right and respond favourably if they don’t want an unnecessary distraction. I may not support the method employed by IPOB because there may be other better means with which they can press home their demands” he said.