A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, yesterday advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to handle pro-Biafran agitators with caution.
Warning that Nigeria cannot survive another civil war, the politician said the government must not use force in dealing with the situation.
George, who spoke at an event to mark his 70th birthday in Lagos on Monday, also begged the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to stop their protests.
He said secession was not the answer to the problems of Nigeria, urging Igbo leaders and the group to hold talks with the government.
George said, “I want to plead with the Biafran protesters to be patient and I urge them to tread softly. No nation goes to civil war twice and survives. We are still meandering to build nationhood.
“Let us build this nation together. We must ensure that everyone has a sense of belonging. Sharing of resources and appointments should not be a winner-takes-all affair. Let us debate and deliberate over our affairs. Dismembering the system through protests and agitations is not the solution.”
Lamenting the defeat of PDP in Lagos, George, said the party would have performed better had the presidency not empowered people who were not committed to the party.