Imo State Governor, Chief Rocha Okorocha has said that Igbo leaders both home and abroad will not allow those shouting for secession and creation of Biafra Republic to turn the Southeaster people to another set of Boko Haram insurgency.
He said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, insisting that the governors and leaders in the zone could no longer sit and watch the whole situation degenerate, even as he also noted that the Igbos as a people cannot afford to have its own kind of Boko Haram.
Okorocha who is currently arranging a crucial meeting with other governors in the South-East, over the growing agitation by protagonists of Biafra, said that the meeting is expected to take place this weekend in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
It will be recalled 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 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”.