There is no Biafra, Igbo People Can’t Unite – Chimamanda Adichie

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An award-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie says the Igbo people can’t unite towards selecting a Nigerian president — in what appears to be a dig at the “terrible leadership in the southeast”.

She bared her thoughts about the now-defunct secessionist state of Biafra in a recent interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a television personality.

The 43-year-old writer said she fears her people won’t be able to unite politically should it come to selecting an Igbo president.

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According to her, the Igbo people need to rethink how they strategise politically before talking about secession.

“There is no Biafra, there are new movements but, for me, it’s a question of being practical. Where would the border be? What is propelling these movements is a sense of marginalisation, which I think is completely valid,” she said.

“But this idea that the answer is independence is what I’m not convinced of, nobody has made a logical case for me, quite frankly, I’ve observed the terrible leadership that we have in the southeast (scoffs).

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“Igbo people cannot unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we’re talking about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.“We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we can talk about Biafra.”

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