Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday warned that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by Nnamdi Kanu were merely deceiving the Igbo in their so-called campaign for actualization of Biafra.
He warned that the Igbo would lose not less than N3 trillion in assets and cash should another civil war break out in Nigeria and urged Igbo leaders to speak up to avoid disastrous consequences.
Okorocha, who spoke at the presentation of staff of office and certificates of recognition to traditional rulers, lamented that traditional rulers had kept mute while the cloud gathered over activities of Biafra agitators.
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”.
Okorocha added: “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, Southeast governors yesterday in Enugu, resolved to support holding of election in Anambra State in November.
It was a reaction to the declaration by IPOB that there would be no election in Anambra.
At the meeting were South East Governors Forum chairman and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi; host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Governor Rochas Okorocha Imo State;Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State who was represented by his deputy Nkem Okeke.
The governors appealed to stakeholders for a peaceful governorship election in Anambra State, assuring that they were solidly in support of the forthcoming poll.
Umahi, who read the communique also said the Apex-Igbo Social Cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed them on the latest on the quit notice given the Igbo by a coalition of Northern youths.
They assured that they were in torch with the Igbo residing in different parts of the North over the quit notice with the firm assurance that they were making efforts to ensure that no Igbo lives are in danger or threatened.
The governors hinted that they received a presentation from Geometric Power Company and commended Professor Barth Nnaji for the wonderful presentation.