THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that the federal government (FG) should treat the view of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as an individual view and not the general view of the Ndigbo community because well-meaning Igbo people have condemned the agitation of the IPOB group for secession and division from Nigeria in all ramifications.
Okorocha, according to report, while speaking on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in an event organized by the State Council of Traditional Rulers headed by Eze Samuel Ohir in Owerri, Imo state capital, said everyone that loves Ndigbo has condemned the activities of IPOB.
‘I can see that the unity of Nigeria is today dramatised in the land of Imo State. I say so because growing up as a child, I never knew where I came from because I found myself somewhere in Plateau State as a little boy and the only language I could speak was the Hausa language and I had no choice because that was where I was brought up.’
‘So, I grew up being born an Igbo man, but was reared in the North and was made financially buoyant in the South-West. So I have declared myself that in no way should I be found as a tribalised Nigerian. I will remain detribalised as long as Igbo gave me parentage and childhood, as long as North reared and nurtured me and for as long as Southwest empowered me. My community and my identity is Nigeria.’
‘The Igbo business men have more real estates and more properties and assets outside Igbo land than in Igbo land. So, I want to dissociate Igbo from this very thing that Igbo want to go for secession. A man that wants to go for secession cannot build mansions in Lagos, Kano, Plateau and the rest of the states.’
Speaking further, he said, ‘I think we should single out this act of this young man from the rest of Nigerians. My worry again stands strongly on the fact that today, the issue of IPOB is being politicised. Today, most of them that never worked with the Buhari-led government are using this as an opportunity to fight the federal government. Call those people to order. It’s not far-fetched who these people are. Some of them are busy visiting Kanu’s house and encouraging him. Those people should make a rethink, because they are not doing this nation any good.’
His Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, who was also present at the event said he would not condemn the group but advised that they should use their energy in a more productive way.