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