Following the disgrace and embarrassment meted out to him by members of a Pro-Biafran group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOD) at Chatham House in London, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has vowed to work against the agitation for the realization of Republic of Biafra.
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In a reminiscence of the incident at Oguta at the burial of the late Supreme Court jurist, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, where Charley Boy stopped him from making a speech, Governor Okorocha was again on Wednesday stopped from presenting his speech at the reputed Chatham House, London by members of the IPOD.
The governor was in London to speak on the importance of developing human capital in Nigeria, but was heavily interrupted by members of the IPOD, who accused him of keeping silent in the face of the IPOD’s struggle as well as working with President Buhari to inflict hardship on ‘Biafrans’.
But, in a statement signed on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said “if IPOB apostles would undertake to embarrass an Igbo leader of Governor Okorocha’s status in London, then, their claim that they are fighting or agitating in the interest of Ndi Igbo should be taken with a pinch of salt by those who had hitherto, believed them”.
He said it was very unreasonable on the part of the IPOB members to think that he(Okorocha) who had built schools across the nation as his own contribution to the Unity of Nigeria and had in the past also sought to be the president of the country would come out to support IPOB or any other pro-Biafra group campaigning for sovereignty.
“It is even worrisome that members of a group like IPOB that have always given the impression that they are fighting for the course of Igbos would decide to storm the Chatham House to cause trouble at an event one of the best in Igboland was invited to deliver a speech on the way forward for our society.
“All over the world, groups fighting for one reason or the other presumably for their people, do not loose sight of what certain leaders in the areas represent and accord them the needed respect no matter what they hold against such leaders”, Okorocha said.
According to the information obtained from a social media platform, Youtube, one of the IPOD members angrily tossed and waved Biafran flags before the governor, saying nasty things about him, such as “You are a murderer and a thief”, while another IPOB man mounted the podium where the governor was standing and made to charge towards the clearly embarrassed governor.
It took the intervention of the deputy speaker of the Imo State house of assembly, Ugonna Ozuruigbo, majority leader, Lugard Osuji, Uche Onyeagocha among others to force the men out of the Chathan House hall.
According to insiders in the hall, the other Igbo in the hall started talking in condemnation of the governor’s trip to London, saying “You came all the way from Nigeria to talk about nonsense when the people back home are suffering and being killed without you saying anything about it”.
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