Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, claimed that the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has brainwashed Igbos in the country’s South-East.
Ngige made the remarks yesterday during a stakeholder meeting of the Association of Eze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and Abuja.
According to the minister, IPOB brainwashed people in the Southeast into believing that Biafra would end unemployment and economic challenges in the region.
The former Anambra state governor, on the other hand, warned against such a notion, emphasizing that the Nigerian government was working to address those issues.
“People have been brainwashed, and the separatists have humped on that foundation to now shout from the rooftops that we will give you Biafra, and when we give you Biafra, all these things will disappear,” Ngige said.
“There is no country that does not have problems of its own. We have economic problems here, which is why we have unemployment, and we also have a large youth population.
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“About 60% of them are young people, and many of them are unemployed.
“As a result, the government is working on solutions. It is still in the works.”
The IPOB, led by Kanu, has been at the forefront of the movement for a Biafra Republic.
The separatist group has based its agitation on the current Nigerian government’s alleged marginalization of the region.