Count me out of ‘Bi­afra cab­i­net’ — Labaran Maku

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Muideen Olaniyi

A for­mer Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Labaran Maku, says he does not know a pro-Bi­afra group, the Bi­afra Zion­ist fed­er­a­tion, which named him as its min­is­ter of avi­a­tion, fol­low­ing it so-called self-dec­la­ra­tion of a ‘re­pub­lic of Bi­afra’ on Au­gust 1, 2017.

Maku, who said this yes­ter­day in Abuja while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists, stated that he re­mained a pa­tri­otic pro­fes­sional politi­cian who is com­mit­ted to the unity of Nige­ria.

He at­trib­uted the calls for divi­sion and sep­a­ra­tion to the fail­ure of lead­er­ship and the re­fusal to give equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to all Nige­ri­ans.

“Some­body called that I have been ap­pointed a min­is­ter of Bi­afra. How can some­body as­so­ciate me with a mi­cro in Nige­ria? What does that tell you? It means there is con­fu­sion and des­per­a­tion among the youths. You need to bring the youths to­gether and re­as­sure them that they have a fu­ture.

“A fed­er­a­tion gives equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to all its chil­dren. We have struc­tural and lead­er­ship de­fi­cien­cies. The prob­lem is lack of jus­tice. So, we need truth to heal our na­tion. Some of th­ese youths are vic­tims of struc­tural de­fi­ciency. When I heard the story of se­ces­sion­ist move­ment, it shows that th­ese youths need coun­selling,” he added.

When asked if he was named a min­is­ter for be­ing the chief scribe of the All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA), Maku said, “I don’t know them. I’m na­tional sec­re­tary of APGA. I come from Nasarawa State. No party will be reg­is­tered by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) un­less its com­po­si­tion has na­tional char­ac­ter.”

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