The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has ascribed the insecurity in Imo State and Southeast to an alleged dispute between former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Governor Hope Uzodimma.
IPOB said Okorocha had made attempts to become its member which he was severally rejected.
Okorocha had told the BBC Pidgin English that when he was Imo governor, he had a cordial relationship with IPOB members, and so ‘the state was peaceful’ during this tenure as the governor.
However, contrary to Okorocha’s claim, IPOB in a statement through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, titled ‘Rochas Okorocha is digging his political grave by trying to use IPOB for politics’, warned Okorocha against using its name for political gains.
The statement reads: “We wish to remind Okorocha that his recent ranting against IPOB will lead him to destruction. Okorocha has tried many times to be part of IPOB, to decide the way forward in the movement, but IPOB leadership refused to accept him. Okorocha and his likes will be there watching IPOB actualise Biafra freedom and independence from the oppressive Nigerian state.
“The whole world must take note of Rochas Okorocha and co. They have killed a lot of people in Imo State, thinking he is fighting Hope Uzodinma and his own criminal gang. Both warlords have destroyed Imo using their recruited hoodlums. Innocent Imo citizens are at the mercy of their atrocities.
“This recent ranting by Okorocha has shown that he is speaking the minds of his masters in Abuja who advised him to siphon Imo State funds with his family, especially his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.
“Nigerians must be mindful of Rochas Okorocha, his family and co-travellers because they are behind the numerous attacks, killings, and abductions going on in Imo State. We know how many times they tried everything possible to create these groups killing innocent citizens because of Hope Uzodinma’s political decisions to ensure he collected all the properties he corruptly acquired using public funds.
“If Rochas Okorocha and his co-traitors in Biafraland want any recognition in Biafra, let them tell their Fulani masters to fix a date for Biafra referendum and see if they can get one percentage ‘no vote’ in the region.
“Biafrans want independence from Nigeria. No amount of intimidation can stop this. The earlier Nigeria and her moles in Biafra understand this, the better for them.”
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