A social commentator Dr Eddi Idigo Aguleri has described the calls for the breakaway of Biafra Republic as seemingly achievable, stating that the South East region needs economic independence before looking for a political one.
Aguleri speaking during an interrview with Sun Newspapers on Tuesday, said:
"Over the recent years, movements and campaigns for Biafrexit and other forms of ethnic agitations across Nigeria have persisted. In particular, the continued resurgence of the Biafra movements, both by the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and most recently, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over 46 years after the failed separatist attempt at an independent political Biafra, underscore the life force of the Biafra ideology which can hardly be exterminated.
"The Biafra struggle, just as any other ethnic agitation from various parts of the country, as well as the recent calls for the restructuring of the Nigerian nation, are direct consequences of the failure of the Nigerian state at various levels to gratify the political and socio-economic cravings and aspirations of the people.
"Continued political marginalisation in the determination of the affairs of the nation; economic exclusion from the control of the nation’s wealth and resources as well as the resultant socio-economic poverty arising from maladministration, among other factors, have sustained these agitations and struggles. However, whilst the actualization of a politically sovereign state of Biafra may seem unachievable and inexpedient at this time, the creation and gradual building of an economically fortified South-east region remains the most plausible alternative to Biafra objectives and ideology."