The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has claimed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was deceiving the Igbos in the name of Biafra.
The governor stated this while handing over Staff of Office and certificates of recognition to sixteen traditional rulers in the state.
He said that IPOB activities would only result to loss of trillions of properties and assets owned by the Igbo in the country, adding that no sane person would talk of division in Nigeria.
Okorocha said: “On IPOB, the cloud is gathering storm, nobody is talking even our traditional rulers, Pastors and leaders, this is bad for our people.
“If you will remember vividly that few years ago, during the Civil War, it was a similar story. That was how it all started. At that time, we believed that the Ohafia warriors will be able to fight and disseminate the North.
“Now we are been deceived that IPOB will drive away Nigeria and give us Biafra. Even our Pastors, men of God and some leaders in the rural areas, nobody is speaking out against this action and the song of war is coming gradually like a desert encroachment.
“We fought the war and it was believed that the Igbos will learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions.
“There are 5 million Igbo living outside the shores of Igbo region. Any form of war will cause the Igbo over 3 trillion naira loss in properties and assets.
“No sane person will spread the message of division and war because it does not benefit the Igbo in any way. I urge you traditional rulers to speak against it and educate your people on the true state of things. Igbo need to build bridge of unity across the nation.”
On the issue of pension in the state, the governor said: ” Go home and tell the pensioners that you met the governor and he will address their matter and ensure that they get 100% of their pension arrears.
“If in any way we are not able to continue paying in future we shall come back to them and also tell them that we cannot afford to pay, we are using the whole Paris Club to pay 100% pension to our dear pensioners.”