BY RAPHAEL ONYEKACHUKWU – Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has cautioned Igbos against the deceit by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)), using Biafra Republic as a bait, stressing that in event of another war in Nigeria, the Igbos will lose over N3 trillion in assets.
Okorocha, who gave the warning when handing over Staff of Office and certificates of recognition to 16 newly recognized traditional rulers in the State, said while the cloud is gathering storm over activities by IPOB, those who should be talking like traditional rulers, leaders and pastors have chosen to keep mute.
According to him, “On IPOB, the cloud is gathering storm, 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 desert encroachment.
“We fought the war and it was believed that Igbos will learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions. There are 5 million Igbos living outside the shores of Igbo region.
“Any form of war will cause the Igbos over N3 trillion 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 bridges of unity across the nation.”
Okorocha therefore urged the new traditional rulers to work for the progress and development of their communities, adding that any community that is not developing, the people of that area should hold their traditional ruler and the Community Government Council (CGC) responsible