A 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.
“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.
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.
“Nigeria needs to restructure economically and other wise. Many states cannot pay salaries.
“We need to put more money on capital projects,I recommend 25 per cent for recurrent and 75 per cent for capital.
“If the federal and state governments had invested in agriculture, the North should be making about 150 billion dollars from agriculture yearly.
“This is the only country that traverses from Atlantic Ocean to Sahara desert; some people are asking God to give them just one; we have to keep the country united,’’ he said