Governor Okorocha says IPOB’s agitation is not Ndigbo affair

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described the agitation for the actualization of Biafra Republic by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as childish.

He asked Nigerians to regard Biafra agitation as IPOB affair and not that of Ndigbo.

Okorocha who is chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, said Ndigbo is not backing the breakaway of the South East region from Nigeria, and asked Ndigbo leaders to speak up before it becomes a national problem.

The governor who spoke on the issue while leading All Progressives Congress (APC) state governors to sympathise with people displaced by flood in Benue State, said it is unthinkable for anyone to believe that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu could mobilize Ndigbo for secession.

He said, “I have always said IPOB is an agitation group but the captioning is bad when you talk of sovereignty within a sovereign nation and also talking of secession

“Let me assure you that no Igbo person or man is in support of secession and people must see this as a childish act and we must stand up and address it before it becomes a national problem.

“As for us leaders in that area, it will be insane for anyone to think that the IPOB leader will ask us to follow him to seek secession. So Nigerians must learn to address it specifically. If you are addressing IPOB you should be specific and not to address it as if it’s an Igbo affair.

“So I must say unequivocally that no leader in Igbo land is in support of the IPOB activities.”

Okorocha who personally donated N10 million to the victims, also sympathised with the state for the disaster, stressing that his team was a fact-finding mission to pave the way for a visit of the entire APC governors in the country.


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