The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has urged the Igbos to turn their back to the agitation for Biafra by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State
Okorocha also called on the traditional, religious and political leaders of the region to speak out against Kanu to avoid being led to war unprepared by the utterances of the IPOB leader.
IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu
The Nation reports that Okorocha, who made this statement at the presentation of staff of office and Certificate of recognition to traditional rulers, said there are 5 million Igbos living across the country and there would be no less than N3 trillion loss of properties if there should be a war forcing the Igbos to move back to the South East region.
He said: “On IPOB, the cloud is gathering, nobody is talking, even our traditional rulers, pastors and leaders. This is bad for our people. If you will remember vividly that few years ago, during the civil War, it was a similar story.
“That was how it all started. At that time, we believed that the Ohafia warriors would be able to fight and disseminate the North.
“Now we are being deceived that IPOB will drive away Nigeria and give us Biafra. Even our Pastors, men of God and some leaders in the rural areas, nobody is speaking out against this action and the song of war is coming gradually like a desert encroachment.
“We fought the war and it was believed that the Igbos would learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions.
“There are five million Igbo living outside the shores of Igbo region. Any form of war will cause the Igbos over three trillion naira loss in properties and assets.
“No sane person will spread the message of division and war because it does not benefit the Igbo in any way. I urge you traditional rulers to speak against it and educate your people on the true state of things. Igbo need to build bridge of unity across the nation.”
Meanwhile, it’s earlier reported that Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), Nigeria’s minister of interior, stated that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has violated his bail conditions.
According to reports, Dambazau made his comments on Friday, August 11, while speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The minister stressed that upon resumption of Kanu’s trial, the court would decide to what extent the IPOB leader violated the conditions given to him by the Federal High Court, and what next steps to take.