Chris Steven, Abuja
Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State has lamented that the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is already having adverse effect on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the South-East region.
Kalu spoke on Tuesday in Abuja, at a joint press conference with members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), after a closed meeting with the group.
He said that he opened up consultations with the group following recent developments in the country, threats and counter threats.
According to him, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not the only one talking about Biafra, adding that he has access to all of them and would continue talking to them.
He said, “It is an issue of great concern to the region; the young people on the street do not know the damage the Biafra agitation does to the GDP of the region.
The GDP of the area has gone down grossly; I am an entrepreneur and I know it.
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and others used to buy goods from Aba, now how many of them still go there?
We resolved this issue when I was the governor of Abia; I resolved it with Ralph Uwazulike and he listened; we will speak with Nnamdi Kanu and he will listen.”
Kalu said that the diversity and demography of Nigeria was its strength.