former governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, says the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is adversely affecting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the South-East. 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.
The former governor said that Nnamdi Kanu was not the only one talking about Biafra, adding that he had access to all of them and would continue talking to them. Kalu said that the diversity and demography of Nigeria was its strength. According to him, every part of the country has something to offer for its development, anybody who thinks otherwise is making mistake. Kalu urged the group to support the call for restructuring as it did not mean breaking up the country. He thanked Shettima Yerima, the Chairman of CNG for coming for the meeting, adding that there would be further consultations in order to reach a common ground. Kalu assured southerners living in the North that they were safe and Nigeria was also safe. On his part, Yerima said that he had been engaging with Kalu via telephone since the quit notice issue came up. Yerima, who is also the Chairman of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, said Kalu had shown a lot of concern and was worried that the unity of Nigeria was being threatened. Yerima said that the coalition would engage in further consultations before taking a final position.