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“I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra” – French Envoy

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The French government, a previous supporter of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War, has said that it is supporting Nigeria “as the only country”.

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer in an interview with The Guardian said he does not think “there is any kind of future for Biafra”.

“We are working with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra. They are part of Nigeria and Nigeria has to remain as the only country,” he said.

Gauer spoke about about how his country is assisting Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad region in the fight against Boko Haram.

“Apart from encouraging neighbouring African countries to cooperate with Nigeria we have also developed a strong bilateral relationship with the Nigerian Armed forces.  In May 2015, the Defence Ministers of Nigeria and France signed a cooperation agreement between the two armed forces, which we did not have before.

Since September last year, we have two French military officers who are liaison officers with the Nigerian Armed Forces to work on daily basis with them in furtherance of the cooperation. We are organising training activities for the Nigerian Armed Forces both in France, Senegal and here in Nigeria.

I can confirm to you that we are now very close allies to the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against Boko Haram,” he said.

On selling of military equipment, Gauer said: “We have no restrictions on that, we can sell any kind of equipment to the Nigerian government without any restrictions.”

Speaking on trade and Investment, Gauer said: “We still have more French companies interested to come to Nigeria.”

Reacting to the development, Uchenna Madu, the Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), said that the struggle for Biafra “is real and cannot be stopped by any man created by God”.

“We in MASSOB do not believe what he said because that does not represent the position of France. France is a friend of Biafra and even during the Nigeria/Biafra war, they assisted us so much. In this current agitation for Biafra, France has sympathy for us. We advise our people to disregard what he said. We think that the Nigeria media misinterpreted what the French envoy said,” Madu added.

23 Comments

  1. survivor

    March 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t even think Thiers any kind of future for Nigeria with the way u have been recycling ur leaders since independence…aby no b the Nigeria b this,e get another place wey Nigeria dey.shebi everybody wan go born for america? See how d immigration officers is disgracing u guys…Biafra come ,Biafra no come..Nigeria has a long way to go,mayb they should beg those colonial masters to come bag,cos for me they are are better off than these old clowns ruling.My guy was sack from his contract job in nnpc last week cos the man went to bring his brother to replace him.tell me where is the future in Nigeria nah.shioor!

    • A Real Nigerian

      March 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      ???

    • survivor

      March 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Proff,punctuation bah? Mabinu joor..we shall get there.

    • NG

      March 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Even if grammatical elegance is what is being queried, I do catch your drift and may my own ability, though also limited as a non-native English speaker, aid your attempt with lent clarity.

      Like i said, i do catch your drift. I can affirm that one of the greatest acts of corruption is perpetrated against South Easterners in Nigeria. Let one poignant example suffice for us here; Igbos are not the least educated among the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, neither are they less industrious than others, but they have least opportunity in federal-related opportunities in the country, and this is not out of choice but contrived corrupt practice. NNPC is one huge example. Tell me if this is not one good evidence of corruption against a people?

  2. Agu

    March 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    That’s what I am telling all the seperationist who think the can scream Biafra and the will get it if the are educated enough the will know that if igbo people leave Nigeria there will be no Nigeria which means Igbos we are in better advantage than other ethnic groups in Nigeria we have the best standard of living more than any other group in Nigeria. If you want to blame any body for what ever problem that is going on in South East point your anger to Igbo politicians not the federal government.

    • Anonymous

      March 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      “if igbo people leave Nigeria there will be no Nigeria”

      Hahaha. You people blow your own trumpet to the point of delusion.

    • Anon

      March 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      If you’re referring to all Igbo people as “you people” then you’re vile and disgusting. Are all Igbo people pro biafra?

    • NG

      March 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I also have some understanding of the point here. Igbos are a glue of sorts to the disjointed pieces called Nigeria. The Igbo man and his historic capacity to find home away from home has been one of the strongest aids to Nigerian unity.

      This sense of accommodation was rudely blighted during the civil war pogrom but it still thrived as the generation that lost the war bore that loss and it’s consequences to such a degree as to appear quiescent in the face of manifest injustice to the people, maybe more than Hitler saw of defeated Germany that led to 2nd world war. Yet the people bore it all: their zest, natural inclination and industry seemed to blunt the impact of their unacceptable condition in the country, until a Buhari came on board and decided he was imperial and untouchable as a Fulani leader and attempted to add insult to the injury of Ndigbo through verbal and clear communication of the marginalization that was before then only practiced in unspoken treachery. Since then, the younger generation, including yours truly, who never felt the true pains of war and so clothed with the strength this freedom gives, different from our fathers who remember and thus naturally enfeebled maybe, are ready to say to Nigeria, it is either we exist as equals, or we part ways. We cannot be slaves. It is not in our nature to be. Ask the white men of the Igbo society they met on their advent to our region.

  3. Bowl

    March 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Mr french ambassador, that it failed does not mean it will alway fail. The country called Nigeria is injustice of the worst order if you ask me. If not, explain clearly to me why the Hausa – Fulani is so privileged and over entitled at the detriment of other ethnic groups.A big thank you to your government for the support in the days of yore but please never underestimate the will of the Igbo man.He will get there without the support of you super powers,if he fights with one voice !

    • NG

      March 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      I will answer you on why the Hausa Fulani is so privileged. The rest of Nigeria permitted it. The Yoruba nation has benefitted from the loss of the Igbo man and is not seriously interested in true foundational change. A little study of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria- oil is found in SS/SE Nigeria- will open some eyes a little on this fact.

      Recall how we all clamoured for the restructuring of the nation and the little success Jonathan recorded with a national confab. Recollect also that Buhari has refused to look at the report of that body and the Yorubas in government have recanted on the need for restructuring because they have some of the morsels of power now.

      Fulani privilege will continue until people of South East who are the greatest losers on the arrangement (based on competence: opportunity ratio), put their acts together on how to pursue the agenda of ‘restructure or separation’ in a more structured and goal-oriented manner. I understand these are early days on the quest and things are a bit rudimentary now, but one is gladdened by the caliber of people coming on board the project now. Who would have thought that youths with just some bit of internet savvyness and electioneering know-how are now celebrated as kingmakers in Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia?
      Tells us that Game changers are as common as the ebb of time with man.

  4. john

    March 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Someone wrote:Please share widely !!!!A Yoruba friend asked me: Under what conditions would you support “One Nigeria” and let go of the Biafra agitation and let it diedown and finally laid to rest for good?Here was my response:1. Close down Lagos ports and Open up PH,Calabar, Onitsha and Warri ports.2. Cancel all direct and major connecting flights to Lagos and Abuja airports only local connecting flights will be allowed. While this is being done, open up Enugu, Owerri, Asaba, Uyo and PH to international flights direct and major connecting flights.3. Ask all international and diplomatic missions to move their embassies and consulates from Lagos, Kano and Abuja to Enugu, PH and Calabar.4. All federal governments’ agencies in Lagos and Abuja shall be relocated to Enugu, PH and Calabar. CBN, NNPC, e.t.c shall and must relocate to PH, Calabar and Enugu.5. All multinational companies in Lagos and Abuja, shall and must relocate their offices to PH, Calabar and Enugu.6.All oil companies must relocate their head offices to PH, as the oil capital of Nigeria.7. Let the northern children gain admission into federal schools with 300 score points while the South Eastern Children should gain admission with only 20 score points .8. Let all federal road projects in the North/SW should be handled by one local companies and the one in the SE/SS should be handled by Julius Berger and foreign construction companies.If these conditions can be fulfilled and implemented for 50years , we can try one Nigeria and let see if you the North and SW will like it for a month…Meaning, Yorubas and Hausas needing to get international visas shall travel to PH, Calabar or Enugu to do that. Same with flying or connecting flights, same with shipping and importing their goods, etc., etc.The Yoruba friend replied: You can’t be serious, this is wickedness and I said…Really? Don’t you think South Eastern part ofNigeria have been suffering and enduring this very same wickedness for over 50 yrs?He was quiet for a few seconds and said: Wow, you are right but it never occurred to me. I said, that’s the problem with One Nigeria, those who are benefiting from it, love it and would love to maintain the status quo.Let each region develop at her own pace, with Airport, Seaports, industries, major projects open to be developed in any part of Nigeria without government interference or strangulation due to tribalism and nepotism!Let Nigeria be fair to ALL irrespective of tribe, religion, and place of birth.Let there be true federalism and resources control, with the elimination of quota systemand federalism character in Nigeria.Let’s have equal respect for one another irrespective of where the person is coming from in Nigeria.That is what Biafra agitation is all about.

    • Hypocrite

      March 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Has it ever occurred to you John that the reason you’re so against feminism is because you’re benefiting from patriarchy? I’m just letting you know in advance of when next you decide to voice your anti-feminist sentiments here.

    • john

      March 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

      nonsense, who told u I have a problem with feminism. .the problem I have are with feminists (especially radical ones) and it is the same problem I have with Christians. .thwy love to talk but no action behind it..they want to eat thier cake and have it ..Impossible ..u either behave and act like a feminist or a christian 100% or you dont. .u cant havebit both ways or when u findbit convenient …feminism started as a good thing but now it has been hijacked by radicals and man haters..biafra is differnt bcos people fought for it ,shed blood, millions of soils were lost ( children , women and men together ), families and properties were displaced and lost ..so dont you dare compare it with ur stupid feminism that is mistly done online and anonymously

  5. chijioke

    March 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    biafra to me is an idealogy which encapsulates what @john wrote….until dz ideology is implemented tru fiscal federalism as highlighted by pastor Tunde. bakare recently(pls y all shld do well to Google&read dat interesting article)Nigeria will continue to run in cycle

  6. Beard gang

    March 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    – I didn’t know port-harcourt and calabar were biafran cities…I thought it was now exclusively Igbo states
    – apart from Lagos which other state(s) in the south-west benefits from federal govt.?
    – is there fed. govt. presence in the northeast, north central and south-south? Bro everybody is affected
    – who told you Julius berger doesn’t construct roads in the south-south and southeast? I think its rather patronizing to have brought that up…that is why foreigners treat us shabbily…instead of pushing for better quality from our local content we suck up to their nonsense
    – how many northern states get 13% derivation? Our governors(south-south and south east) are more than half the time the cause of the hardship…south south governors are extremely notorious for ridiculously high ‘security votes’ (whatever this means)…amechi got 300billion naira from NDDC during his tenure, how was it spent?
    – more than half of the executive council in imo state is either okorocha’s extended family member or an in-law…what does that tell you about his leadership? Among other problems in this region
    -as long as Biafra will be made up of people with this same mentality it will also end up a ‘failed state’ …do you know what it means to be a country?
    * define borders
    * negotiate trade deals
    * build a military
    * leadership etc
    With this our ‘it is the turn of this region’ mentality how will you guys cope? I heard imo people don’t relate well with anambra people so how? Love, respect and integrity is all a people need to grow irrespective of race, tribe, ethnic group etc

    • NG

      March 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      The fact that other people group in Nigeria suffer some deprivation too is not reason to discard the agitation for a true federalism which the SW leaders in government, because of some morsels of national cake in their mouth, forgot that Nigerians have been clamouring for a restructured country for decaded.

      Jonathan, with limited political capital (a minority from little Bayelsa) tried with national confab wither the South Westerners in APC. I did not mention the north because just as Buhari wants to cling to power, whether it is good for Nigeria or not, they care only for what will perpetrate the lopsided advantage they have even if the nation remains underdeveloped forever.

      With regards to touted discord amongst Ndigbo, the last election showed that when the chips are down, Ndigbo can recognize what is good/bad for them. With near-unanimity, they rejected Buhari because someone with his religious/ethnic bigotry has no business in national government. You voted him in and only strengthened the voice of bigotry which is why El-Rufai carries on the way he is doing because he has seen that unacceptable utterances/conducts cannot hinder political ambition so longer as you play ethnic politics between SE and SW well.

    • NG

      March 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      *decades

  7. NG

    March 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    The Ambassador is quite entitled to his opinion. The truth however is that opinions are very subject to change. It lies not with France or any other country for that matter, not even with the other people group of Nigeria, to determine the final course of events for Ndigbo. It lies with the people themselves, what becomes of them. If they have the heart both for martyrdom and self-sacrifice and other requirements, whatever they maybe, to achieve their aim, where it becomes manifestly obvious that the sustained onslaught on their existence in Nigeria is continuing,

    A new generation that has greater competence to pursue the goal is all that is needed. Especially where a leaders like Buhari dares to sustain his manifest antagonism in such blatant form that the most die-hard pro-Nigeria Igbo heart is left with no option than to sing the song of freedom, just as Ojukwu was left no option but to fight for freedom for his people, never mind the question here, of whether he adequately prepared for that war or not

    • #WhatDoIKnow

      March 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

      So it is all about Buhari… This is a silly argument. What if tomorrow in the Republic of Biafra, one Anambra Man becomes President and start treating the rest of Imo, Abia etc as second class citizens nko? There will be another call for self-determination of Imobia… Get real, please. APGA registration is on-going and use your vote wisely come 2019.

  8. Amh

    March 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Can’t wait for Igbo’s to leave Nigeria. Oh my what a glorious joyous days. No more armed robbers. Kidnappers. Prostitutues, ritualist. Fraud fake medicine. Smelly food. Smelly odours everywhere. Greedy people their new country will collapse in 2 mths. Cuz everyone will defraud each other. Probably die of fake drugs. HIV on the rise and very underdeveloped cux their states are still derelict. Kids will go missing. Grandma will die enmasse due to organ sale. We eagerly await when Igbo’s wish will be granted. Long live Biafra. May your wish come through quickly.

  9. tobi

    March 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Oh well never mind , Biafra the Good news is that the wonderful world of politics has spewed out a couple of mad men who worringly enough are nuclear enabled .All you need to do is play your cards right and whore your oil at one of them and you get a nuclear power as your ally. France is a small fry.

  10. Tee

    March 13, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I thought they’ve finished packing already to relocate to Israel. Bunch of jokers. Your analogy beard man isn’t necessary when you’re talking to two-face people that talk through all sides of their mouth. I hope you people are not expecting us to beg before you leave. Leave now, haba!!!!!!

  11. Ogbuefi

    March 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

    APGA, Ohaneze, IPOB, MASSOB, Nzuko Umunna. etc Come on!!!!!!Why can’t we have one common forum? Clearly, the Ibo project is already a disaster. There are more than 200 tribes in Nigeria and it is silly & petty to think that the rest of tribes have connived to marginalize the Ibos. There is enough space in Nigeria for all tribes. Majority of Ibos youths are wallowing in self-inflicted ignorance and illiteracy. For me, this is the real danger and a threat to the survival of Ibo Nation.

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