While speaking at an Armed Forces Day event in Abuja on Friday, the former President Obasanjo dismissed the issue of whether Biafra could once again secede from Nigeria as “dead.” However, added:
“I see this resurgent Biafra agitation not for secession or creation of an independent entity from Nigeria but as a cry for attention, amelioration and improvement of socio-economic conditions and situation especially of the youth in Nigeria in general, but in the southeast in particular,” said Obasanjo.
Contrary to Obasanjo’s claim, the pro-Biafra protesters stated that they are seeking for self-determination in accordance with the UN and AU laws for the independence of Biafra and the immediate release of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Also, according to a July 2014 report by the World Bank, it found that poverty rates in southern Nigeria were significantly lower in the south of the country than the north. The Southeast had a poverty rate of 28.8 percent compared to 50.2 percent in the Northeast. This contradicts Obasanjo’s claim as well.