Business and economic activities were literally shut down for the third day as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members protested in Aba, Abia State, on Monday.
This comes as Southeast Governors and the leadership of the Apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, will convene in Owerri, Imo State, this weekend at the instance of the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to find a lasting solution to the rising activities of separatist groups in the zone.
Today’s protest in Aba caused vehicles to move slow pace.
Okorocha, who had earlier denounced the activities of the pro-Biafra groups on behalf of the Southeast Governors and Igbo leaders, said the governors and leaders in the zone could no longer sit and watch the situation degenerate further, adding that the Igbo as a people cannot afford to have another Boko Haram in the region.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor noted that the pockets of protests across the zone and in other neighbouring states, organized by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), is highly embarrassing, disturbing and counter-productive.
He said, “The pro-Biafra protests could not be in the interest of the Southeast people but are only sending wrong signals to the rest of Nigerians. And it has become increasingly necessary for the governors in the zone, Ohaneze leaders and other stakeholders in the area to meet, to call a spade, a spade.
“It is also expected that at the end of the Owerri meeting, the governors and other leaders will take a common position and will also invite the leaders of the pro-Biafra groups for a meeting, to let them know the socio-economic and political implications of their activities including their demand for sovereignty in a united Nigeria.”
Hundreds of Pro-Biafra supporters stormed Enugu metropolis over the weeekend, protesting the continued detention of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and demanding urgent recognition of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
Members of IPOB, on Saturday, defied Police ban and held a peaceful protest in Aba, Abia State. The protest saw the group march through major roads of the city chanting solidarity songs in support of their detained leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The protesters in Enugu, who were clad in Biafra red and black colours, marched through major streets of Enugu metropolis chanting anti-Federal Government slogans insisting that the Directorate of State Service, DSS, should quickly release Nnamdi following the fulfilment of his stringent bail conditions by his Lawyer, Mr. Vincent Obetta.