The Governor of Anambra State, Wille Obiano, yesterday vowed to completely pay the hospital bills of some injured Biafra agitators who were wounded during the celebration to mark the 49th anniversary of declaration of Biafra nation and Biafra day.
Recall that there was a clash between pro-Biafra agitators and the army during the celebration of the declaration of Biafra on Monday, June 30, which led to the death of some members of the group while several others were injured.
Vanguard reports that the governor made the pledge at Nkpor town hall when he came to sympathize with the people of Nkpor on the alleged bloody clash. He said:
“We have compiled the list of the injured in different hospitals where they are hospitalised.
“I came to sympathise with you for what happened. Before I came in as the governor, people were not sleeping, but now we sleep. Don’t allow strangers to disturb Nkpor.”
However, reacting quickly to the governor’s offer, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, through its Media and Publicity Officer Mr Emma Powerful has rejected the governor’s offer to offset the hospital bills of the injured Biafra agitators and non-Biafra agitators, describing it as medicine after death, adding that it is a face-saving measure to win cheap popularity. IPOB said:
“The governor was insulting the families of the dead Biafrans and those that their own are still nursing gunshot wounds in different hospitals and for the purpose of clarity, no gunshot wound victim is still in Anambra State, they have all been taken out of Anambra because the soldiers were combing all the hospitals in the state for them”.
Chief Zeribe Ezeanuna who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state also faulted the governor for the clash. He demanded an apology from him and claimed that if he had not sanctioned the military engagement, it would not have been carried out.