In order to address issues bothering the three week-long protests of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over the continued detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, some top personalities from the Northern part of Nigeria converged in a meeting with Igbo leaders in Imo state yesterday under the chairmanship of the Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Naij.com has reported that a high-powered delegation was welcomed by the governor of the state Rochas Okorocha, who held a meeting to discuss the previous disturbances in the southeast.
The meeting was attended by the first class traditional rulers of Nigeria comprising the Obi of Onitsha, Emir of Lafia, Emir of Fika, Gbong Gwom Jos, among others. The northern traditional rulers said they believe in the unity of Nigeria and are worried about the agitation for the Biafra state.
The Imo state governor in his answer praised the northern traditional rulers for their interest in the events in the state adding that the Igbos have lost more lives than any other tribe in Nigeria in the cause of peace in Nigeria. The traditional rulers, however, informed Okorocha that peace has returned to the traditional institution in the southeast.
Okorocha said Igbos are hard-working and are found in every part of Nigeria, continuing that the Igbo man doesn’t see himself as a foreigner in any land. He gave the assurance to the visitors that the agitation is being looked into by the governors and leaders of the southeast.
The governor mentioned the killing of Igbos in the Boko Haram crisis without compensation, and the amnesty granted to Niger Delta youths without extending the same to Igbo youths who surrendered their weapons.
Nigeria is my constituency, having been born and trained in the north, empowered by the southwest and being of Igbo parentage,” he said.
Okorocha at the wake of the protests absolved the southeast governors and Igbo leaders of any complicity adding that the separatists do not enjoy the support of the majority of Igbos. The governor had earlier stepped up security in the state to stop the pro-Biafra groups from holding protests in the state.
The Igbo royal fathers, during the session, presented their new chief HRM Eze Eberechi Dick, who doubles as chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers.
However, on hearing about the meeting, IPOB’s spokesman, Mr. Emma Powerful dismissed the meeting as an APC meeting on the grounds that no IPOB or MASSOB member was present. He also pointed out that Imo is not the ideal place for such a meeting.