South/east govs, lead­ers con­demn Bi­afra protests

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

The South-east gov­er­nors have dis­as­so­ci­ated them­selves from protests by Mem­bers of the Move­ment for the Ac­tu­al­iza­tion of Bi­afra (MASSOB).

Chair­man of the APC Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum, Rochas Oko­rocha, said the re­ported vi­o­lent protests in some states cap­i­tals in­clud­ing those of Rivers, Anam­bra and Delta, in the name of Bi­afra, do not in any way have the sup­port or bless­ing of gov­er­nors and lead­ers of the South-east geopo­lit­i­cal zone either di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

The re­ported protests which turned vi­o­lent were car­ried out over Ra­dio Bi­afra and the ar­rest of its di­rec­tor by se­cu­rity agents.

Gover­nor Oko­rocha, in a state­ment is­sued in Ow­erri yes­ter­day by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Sam On­wue­meodo, re­gret­ted the de­vel­op­ment, “es­pe­cially when such vi­o­lent protests in the name of Bi­afra wouldn’t add any value to the de­vel­op­ment of the South­east and progress of the peo­ple”.

He said:”When a sec­tion of peo­ple in the South-east or even the whole peo­ple in the geo-po­lit­i­cal zone protest over the bad shape of fed­eral roads in the area or protest to­tal neg­li­gence of the geopo­lit­i­cal zone, ev­ery gover­nor and leader in the area will sup­port that, but not to protest an is­sue that is nei­ther here nor there”.

He said the South-east gov­er­nors and lead­ers be­lieve in the unity of the coun­try and would al­ways work to­wards sus­tain­ing the unity.

He said:”As far as the gov­er­nors and lead­ers of the South-East are con­cerned, those be­hind the cam­paign for Bi­afra have an ul­te­rior mo­tive, which has noth­ing to do with the cor­po­rate in­ter­est of Ndi-Igbo in Nige­ria”.

Oko­rocha main­tained that the quest for Bi­afra is di­ver­sion­ary and called on those be­hind the protests to give peace a chance.

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