Chief Ben Apugo was a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former ruling party at the centre.
In this interview, Apugo speaks on why he, alongside Senate
President Bukola Saraki, former Governor Nyako of Adamawa State, and
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, quit the PDP. He also speaks on the fate of the
APC in the South-East and the pro-Biafra quest by some Igbo elements,
among other issues.
Pro-Biafra agitators have been protesting across the
South-East and some parts of the South-South. Are you in support of
The civil war ended a long ago time and we are all Nigerians. No
reasonable human being should come out today to talk about Biafra. Our
people have to speak up and make our children understand the situation
of things. Those things they should be protesting for are employment,
roads, water, airports and other amenities that are lacking in the zone.
If they are agitating for these things, they should not block roads;
they should talk to the government of the states in the South-East, not
the Federal Government.
These people you are talking about are small boys whose mothers were
not even born during the civil war. So, what I am saying is that the
governors of the South-East should enlighten the youths and make them
know that there is nothing like Biafra today. People should not be
using Biafra as a tool for causing confusion and defrauding uninformed
The Federal Government should not be looking at the South-East,
especially Umuahia, since they said their leader,Nnamdi Kanu, is from
here, as not supporting Buhari. Buhari did not create any problem in the
South-East. All the while, (former President Goodluck) Jonathan was
there, they should have gone to demonstrate about Biafra. Buhari will
tackle all the problems we are facing now, our former governors did not
perform, and they did not create avenues for employment, no empowerment.
My advice to our children is that they should forget about hoping
against hope. We have cancelled Biafra.
Let them look for the betterment of this country and themselves. They
should avoid this protest because it will not yield any fruit. Their
leaders will not fight more than Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Joe
Effiong, who despite their efforts, Biafra failed at the end.