The governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has told the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to desist from making fake and unrealistic promises of Biafra to gullible Igbos.
Governor Okorocha said this on Monday while giving staff of office and certificate of recognition to traditional rulers in the state.
Hear him: “The cloud is gathering [on IPOB]; 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 will 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 will learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions.”
The governor counted the loss of such misconstrued aspiration and said that Igbos stand to lose in any ramification should it spiral into war.
He said that any form of war now will cost the Igbo N3 trillion in assets and properties.
“There are 5 million Igbo living outside the shores of Igbo region.
“Any form of war will cause the Igbos over 3 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.
Lamented that traditional rulers have kept mute while the cloud is gathering over the activities of IPOB, he said:
“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”.
Okorocha said that such impracticable promises are tantamount to deception and should be roundly condemned.
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