Igbos are not Jews. Biafra is different from Palestine – Geoffrey Onyema

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The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, has called on Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafran agitators to shun their dream of a Republic of Biafra.

The Minister made the call at a meeting in Enugu State when he met with APC’s women wing.

Onyeama justified the Federal Government’s refusal to support the on-going agitation for self-determination by some pro-Biafran groups.

He said it was wrong to compare the Palestinian case with that of Biafra.

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He noted that the Palestinian case was already before the United Nations, he advised those agitating for “Republic of Biafra” to follow laid down constitutional and Diplomatic processes, rather than engage in uncivilized methods.

He said though it was their fundamental rights to clamor for Biafra, “but they should be rational and not emotional in going about it”.

The minister urged those spearheading the breakaway project to critically look at the rules governing secession.

Onyeama ‎further declared that those leading the agitation “Are not speaking for Ndigbo, as they do not have the mandate of the Igbo race to do so.

“I have called so many Igbo leaders and spoken to them about these issues and all of them have made it clear that they are not with the agitators.

“So, where did they derive their mandate?

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“You cannot just wake up and claim to be representing the entire Igbo people,” Onyema said.

He called on Nigerians, particularly those of the South-East extraction, to keep supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government, stressing that the administration had the capacity to tackle the present challenges facing the nation.

According to him, the administration had put necessary mechanism in place aimed at addressing the present economic recession confronting the country.