Nigeria’s Labour and Employment minister Dr. Chris Ngige has called pro Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) ungrateful and cannot be bothered to engage in any discussion involving the group.
The ex Anambra governor (2003 to 2006) who also held Anambra central senatorial seat from 2011 to 2015, made the statement while on a live radio interview at Odenigbo FM Obosi, Anambra state. He was responding to a series of questions that centered around federal government’s presence in the south east.
Ngige explained how IPOB and another pro Biafra group, MASSOB share the same unrepentant spirit of being “ungrateful to government’s gestures” as he tried his best to avoid questions about the struggle for self determination.
“I don’t like discussing pro Biafra, I don’t like talking about them, I know my views on that and so many people of my standing agree with my position. If we are talking about restructuring of Nigeria, there are ways to go about it, the constitution, not the way they are shouting and calling me Mallam Ngige” The minister said.
He recounted his efforts in repositioning some the MASSOB youths during his time as Anambra governor, providing them jobs as community vigilante and so many other government programs aimed at bettering their lives. He said some of the youths abandoned these gestures and went back to kidnapping and other vices.
When asked about the possibility of another military operation being carried out in the south-east following operation python dance I & II, he replied, “there’s no need to panic” as any exercise would be aimed at ridding the region of kidnappers and militias.