MASSOB: Okorocha calls for S/East Govs, Ohaneze’s intervention, warns others
By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has called on the governors of the South-East, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, and other stakeholders in the zone to intervene in the pending problem by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) agitators.
Okorocha stressed the need for the South East Governor and other stakeholder to discuss and fashion out ways to contain the activities of pro-Biafra groups in the zone before it gets out of hand.
The meeting, which is expected to take place soon in Owerri, Imo State capital, according to him has become necessary to address the ugly situation and nip it in the bud.
Disclosing this in Owerri, Governor Okorocha said that all necessary contacts had been established to ensure that all those expected to be at the meeting, would be in attendance.
The governor had earlier, while taking exception to the pro-Biafra violent protests in some states of the South East 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 him, “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, adding that it has become increasingly necessary for the governors in the zone, Ohaneze leaders and other stakeholders in the area to meet, tackle the development.”
The governor also explained in an official statement that at the end of the Owerri meeting, the governors and other leaders would 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.
Governor Okorocha said the governors and leaders in the zone could no longer sit and watch the whole situation degenerate and also noted that the Igbo as a people cannot afford to have its own kind of Boko Haram.
He also wondered why the pro-Biafra groups kept quiet all these years only to resume their violent protests and activities this time and few months after the new administration in the country came on board.
According to him, “the governors are going to take the bull by the horn in the overall interest of Ndi-Igbo in particular and Nigerians in general.”
Meanwhile, the governor had also met with all security chiefs in the state on how to ensure that the pro-Biafra protests across the South-East states at the moment would not be experienced in Imo State. The governor has also been meeting with certain categories of the citizenry in the state that may have the temptation of joining the pro-Biafra protest to let them know the futility of such action.