Igbos Can’t Unite for Presidency yet They Talk About Biafra – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Henry Iheanacho
Popular Nigerian author and novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has shared her opinion about the unity of people from the Igbo tribe.

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In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the award winning writer wondered how Igbos can achieve Biafra when they can’t unite towards selecting a someone as a candidate for the seat of president who is from the region.

In her words ;
“There is no Biafra. There are new movements but, for me, it’s a question of being practical. Where would the border be? What is propelling these movements is a sense of marginalisation, which I think is completely valid.

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“But this idea that the answer is independence is what I’m not convinced of. Nobody has made a logical case for me. Quite frankly, I’ve observed the terrible leadership that we have in the southeast.

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“Igbo people cannot unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we’re talking about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.
“We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we can talk about Biafra.”

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