Daily Champion (Lagos)

2 February 2007

Nigeria: Ojukwu Defends Massob

Lagos — PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has exonerated the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) from any illegal act even as he stressed that Ndigbo have been living in denial in Nigeria since the civil war.

Chief Ojukwu who spoke on Channels Television Roadmap 2007 yesterday insisted that MASSOB had remained consistent in its non-violent posture.

He expressed his fears on that possibility of Nigerians having a credible election in April, stressing that it might turn out to be mere selection rather than election.

While expressing his preference for a parliamentary system of government he said the presidential system puts a lot of power on the president.

Ojukwu who said he abhorred power sharing because it encouraged looting, emphasized that democracy meant one man one vote, regardless of from where the winner comes.

Lamenting the plight of the Igbo nation in the country, Ojukwu dismissed the "no victor, no vanquished" slogan proclaimed after the civil as a mere public relations stunt. He said the people knew better.

Lambasting President Olusegun Obasanjo whom he accused harbouring hatred for Ndigbo, dim Ojukwu maintained that instead of teaching Ndigbo to forget about the sad experience of the civil war, he would rather teach them to forgive.

He dismissed the National Political Reforms Conference (NPRC) convoked by President Obasanjo in 2005 as a fraud intended not to achieve any result, stressing that it turned out to be Obasanjo's conference and not that of Nigerians.

He described President Obasanjo as a "bull in the China shop that must be handed with care", urging Nigerians to join hands in carefully "easing him out of the Nigerian China shop".

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