Chris Steven, Abuja
Abubakar Tsav, a former Lagos State Police Commissioner, has said that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is rooting for a violent struggle and warned him to stop extreme utterances.
This was as the retired police chief recalled how Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970, warned people of the South-East against further acts that may lead to war.
Tsav also said that the eviction notice issued to Igbos by youth groups in the North should be taken seriously as no nation goes into civil war twice and survives.
“Every person who was born before 1960 knows exactly what has happened in this country. We had this problem when there was military coup and only a section of this country was targeted.
Their leaders and senior military officers were killed by a section of the society and these people happened to be the Igbo”, he told Sun.
“Aguyi Ironsi was made the President. He came and unified the whole country without consultation with anybody. Then there was this counter coup and that was when the problem started and the Arewa people started agitating that ‘Araba’ ‘Araba’. That was the genesis of the problem.
“As regards asking people to go back to their place of origin, it is not the Arewa people that started it. It was the Igbo that started it. It was the Igbo who invited every Igbo man living in other places to go back to the east. And that was the beginning of the war.
“And that was when I was a young police inspector. That was why we were transferred from Lagos to Kaduna to replace those Igbo that answered to that call. So, the call by the Arewa Youths is reminding us of the sad old days and it is not good.
“They must have done it out of anger and frustration because upon all that these Igbo have gained in this country, everyday they keep insulting and abusing us; calling us all manner of names and we have distinguished Nigerians among the Igbo who ordinarily should call these people to order but they are not calling them to order.