Leader of the defunct Arewa Peoples Congress (APC), Alhaji Sagir Ringim has said that the current agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra as a ploy to colonise the South South.
Sagir Ringim, who holds the traditional title of Waziri Ringim told Vanguard in an exclusive chat the agitation by the Kanu led IPOB was a calculated effort to seize the economic prospects of the minority ethnic nationality in the oil rich region.
“Those Indigenous People of Biafra have a hidden agenda to recolonize the South-south , capture the region, colonise the oil field for the betterment of the Igbos” Waziri Ringim said.
The front line IBB boy said that Biafra is landlocked and wasn’t blessed with solid minerals apart from coal, added that the geology of the enclave can’t support an independent country.
The former Intelligent officer of the Nigerian Army explained that “because of these natural shortcomings Igbos survived as a diaspora race than any dominant group in Nigeria”.
Ringim retorted that “if the Indigenous People of Biafra are now saying that yes we want to have Biafra what are you going to do with more than three quarter of the Igbos who are outside the East, those in Kano, those in Lagos what are you going to do with then? You take all those people then go back to Biafra? They have no houses to live, they have no means of livelihood.”
He said that the economic prowess of the Igbos domiciled outside Biafra, stressing that it was sheer fantasy for them to dream of ceasation under these jaundice background.
Waziri Ringim dismissed IPOB activities as orchestrated blackmail to arm twist other stakeholders in the polity for more economic advantage.
He therfore called on well meaning Igbo leaders to apply caution in the pursuit of selfish ambition so as not cause general damages to pexisting arrangements.