Biafra: Igbos In Gombe Disown Agitators, Ijaw Group Calls For Prompt Action
The Igbos in Gombe State have disowned their kinsmen in the South East, who have been protesting in many cities in the region. They said they decided to tow the line of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, in the matter relating to agitation for the actualisation of Biafra.
This is on the heels of the call by the Ijaw extraction in the Niger Delta, who criticised the agitators for including some parts of the South- South in the map of Biafra.
The President General of Igbo Welfare Association in Gombe, Chief Kenneth Okeugon, told newsmen during the week that the Igbos in the state decided to go with the Ohaneze Indigbo in the matter.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo is the body that we are affiliated to and i use this opportunity to advised all our members to please watch their tongues and be law abiding citizens. The health and divinity of our people in Gombe state has been our great concern as business can only thrive when the mind and body is in a good functional state and it is on this light that we have amongst us today expert, who would give us a talk on health and religion”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Monitoring Group
(IMG) in the Niger Delta has called for “vigorous measures” to end the pro-Biafra protests in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country, noting that the upheaval is an attempt by “enemies of progress to set Nigeria on fire”.
The group condemned the protagonists for the state of Biafra for including parts of Niger Delta in their Map.
“The Niger Delta region is not part of Biafra republic. Our identity as Niger Deltans is non-negotiable. There is no doubt that we will continue to maintain the usual cordial relationship with all ethnic groups throughout the country,” said the group coordinator, Comrade Joseph Evah, in a statement yesterday.
Continuing, he said,“We are aware that the apex body in Igbo land, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has clearly stated that Biafra is dead and buried. We are also aware that when the former president of defunct Biafra, the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu died, he was given full military honour by the Federal Government and when Ojukwu was alive, he also contested for the presidency of Nigeria, which showed his faith in Nigeria. Therefore, the current threat to peace, through killing and maiming of innocent persons is gradually leading to ethnic and religious crisis that would, if not checked, destabilise the country.”
They therefore, urged the Federal Government, the states and local councils in the South-East to take serious measures aimed at maintaining law and order and to restore normalcy in the region.
“We are aware that when Boko Haram elements surfaced, the government was pretending that they were joking. Now, the endless killings and destructions by the group should teach us a lesson to take the current Biafra agitations seriously,” he warned.