We’re not part of your Bi­afra, Benue tells IPOB

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Markurdi

The Benue State govern­ment yes­ter­day warned the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) to leave the state out of its se­ces­sion­ist ter­ri­tory.

The state Com­mis­sioner of In­for­ma­tion and Ori­en­ta­tion, Lawrence Onoja (Jnr.), ar­tic­u­lated the po­si­tion of the state to the pro­tag­o­nists of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at a news con­fer­ence in Makurdi, say­ing, “We com­pletely and strongly re­ject his mis­chievous claim that Benue is part of Bi­afra. Benue State is not part of any se­ces­sion­ist bid to dis­mem­ber our great coun­try, Nige­ria.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom would never sub­scribe to any ul­te­rior and ill-ad­vised ag­i­ta­tion to un­der­mine the unity and se­cu­rity of our coun­try.”

He em­pha­sised that the his­tory books were full of the ex­ploits of gal­lant mem­bers of the Nige­rian armed forces of Benue ori­gin who fought in the three years civil war to keep Nige­ria united as a coun­try, won­der­ing what Kanu wanted to achieve with his claim of the state be­ing part of Bi­afra.

The com­mis­sioner said Benue State had a dis­tinct lan­guage, cul­ture, tra­di­tion and eth­nic­ity which were not part of Igbo eth­nic group.

“Al­though we see all Nige­ri­ans as broth­ers and sis­ters, we def­i­nitely are not part of the Igbo eth­nic group who we re­gard as our broth­ers and sis­ters in a united coun­try,” Onoja main­tained.

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