By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
Imo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Chief Rochas Okorocha, is currently arranging a crucial meeting with other governors in the South-East, over the growing agitation by protagonists of Biafra.
According to a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, and other stakeholders in the geo-political zone, were also being invited by the Governor, to talk and agree on how to check the activities of pro-Biafra groups in the area.
“The meeting is expected to take place this weekend in Owerri, the Imo State capital. Already the Governor has begun to make all the necessary contacts to ensure that all those expected to be at the meeting, would be in attendance”, Onwuemeodo said.
Vanguard recalls that Okorocha had earlier, while taking exception to the pro-Biafra violent protests in some of the South-East states and few other neighbouring states, disassociated the governors and leaders in the South-East states from the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, protest, describing the whole exercise as “embarrassing, disturbing, counter-productive and to a large extent, distracting”.
According to Governor Okorocha, the pro-Biafra protests could not be in the interest of the south-east people but were only sending wrong signals to the rest of Nigerians.
“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”, Okorocha said.
The Governor also said 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”.
It was the considered opinion of Chief Okorocha that the governors and leaders in the zone could no longer sit and watch the whole situation degenerating, even as he also noted that the Igbos as a people cannot afford to have its own kind of Boko Haram.
He wondered why the pro-Biafra apologists kept quiet all these years only to resume their protests and activities this time and few months after the new administration in the country came on board.
Meanwhile, the Governor had also met with the security chiefs in the state on how to ensure that the pro-Biafra protests across the South-East states at the moment won’t be experienced in Imo state.
Similarly, the Governor has also been meeting with certain categories of the citizenry in the state that may have the temptation of joining the pro-Biafra protest to let them know the futility of such action.
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