BIAFRA: South East not ready for another War – Archbishop Chukwuma

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Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma has told the members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to shun the threats that they may take up arms to fight its cause insisting that the people of the South East are not ready to fight another war.

Threat to carry arms: South East not ready for another War - Archbishop Chukwuma
Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma

Reacting to a recent statement credited to IPOB in which the group threatened to take up arms, Archbishop Chukwuma queried the motive. According to him “Carry arms for what? Who are they going to fight? That is why I said that sometimes they have to reason and come to their senses to know what they are talking about. It’s not a matter of carrying arms, but carrying arms to do what?

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“I want to say that the Igbo don’t want war for now. We have fought a war and we are trying to see that we maintain peace for development. What we want is peaceful coexistence and finding a way to fight our common cause that we’re being cheated and we cannot get it by dialogue, then we can then begin to fight the cause in a way that will help us. But if we are not able to do that, then it becomes a problem.

“For now, nobody will support carrying of arms; against whom? They should be able to explain to us why and whom they intend to carry arms against. Is it justified? So, these are the things we must ask ourselves because Nigeria as it is now is in a very serious situation; what is happening in Southern Kaduna should teach us lesson. Those who carried arms against themselves in Kaduna are they in peace?

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“So if we begin to carry arms, we will become another Southern Kaduna in Igbo land, and that will become a disaster. And we don’t want that anymore. They should know that with the situation of things in the country now, people are not interested in war, they are interested on how to make a living, feed their stomach, and get employment.

“And that is exactly what I have been telling the government and politicians that the cause of all these is idleness; if these people get reasonable employment, something that engages them, nobody will carry arms; you carry arms because you are frustrated. So this frustration must end by our people, they should look into how to end the idleness of these people.”

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Source: The Sun

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