Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu as being childish by his agitation for a sovereign republic in the South-East.
Okorocha, who is also Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, spoke when he led a delegation of the forum on a visit to internally displaced persons (IDPs), and victims of the recent Benue flood disaster in Benue State.
He said that no reasonable Igbo man is backing the agitation, saying: “I have always said that IPOB is an agitation group, but the captioning is bad when you talk of sovereignty within a sovereign nation and also talking of secession.
“Let me assure you that no Igbo person or man is in support of secession and people must see this as a childish act. We must stand up to address it before it becomes a national problem.
“As for us leaders in that area, it will be insane for anyone to think that the IPOB leader will ask us to follow him to seek secession.
“So, Nigerians must learn to address it specifically. If you are addressing IPOB you should be specific and not to address it as if it is an Ibo affair.”
Okorocha made personally donation of N10 million to the victims. [myad]