Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy
Home | News |

Governor Ikpeazu speaks about IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has spoken about the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

- Kanu’s whereabouts has become a subject of debate since army invaded his home

- The governor said that it would be unfair for people to be asking him of Kanu’s whereabouts

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has said that he does not know the whereabouts of the “missing” leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Vanguard reports that the governor said he has never had any kind of affinity, whatsoever with Kanu and as such wouldn’t provide answers to the IPOB’s leader’s itinerary. gathered that Kanu’s whereabouts had been unknown for weeks after soldiers invaded his hometown in Umuahia, the state capital.

READ ALSO: I am ready to restructure EFCC when I become Nigerian president - Fayose

Kanu, who is incidentally standing trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja, is due to appear in court for a resumed hearing of his treason charges preferred against him by the federal government.

Asked during an interview in Abuja on Thursday, October 12 of Kanu’s movement, Governor Ikpeazu said that it would be unfair for anyone to pose such a question to him.

He said: “I don’t think that is a fair question. I don’t have the capacity to determine where Kanu is. I have never visited him. I have never called him on phone and he has never taken me into confidence as to what he does, where he goes.

“So, those who are close to him would answer. I don’t have the capacity to monitor him and know where he is, maybe Journalists through investigative journalism will know.”

The governor however gave an explicit, possible reason of what led to the recent restiveness in the state.

He said that in the light of the oath he swore as governor, he was left with no other choice than to take some drastic measures to save the lives and property of the people living and doing business in Abia.

Reacting to the agitation about secession, Ikpeazu said that the people of south east had more faith in the Nigerian project than any other geopolitical zone of the country.

He said: “Fundamentally speaking, I think that if the question we ask in this country today about whether there are inequalities, whether there are gaps or there are people who don’t feel that they have been fairly treated either as an individual or as a family or as a geopolitical zone, the answer is yes.

“There is agitation in the north east, there is a agitation in the south west, of course there is agitation in the south east but I dare say that there is no other ethnic group in this country that has as much faith in the Nigeria as a country, one united country than the people of the south east, that is why they are in Sambisa.

“You can count how many big businesses belonging to the south westerners that are in Aba. You can count how many big businesses belonging to the people from the north east, north west, north central that you can find in Owerri. You cannot find a four storey building belonging to somebody from the north east anywhere in the south east.

“But if you go to Kano, you don’t count three hotels before you count that of somebody from the south east. What it means is that we are the people that have demonstrated faith in the united Nigeria.

“Post war experience is that everybody started receding and then we started moving everywhere and then at the end of the day, our people are beginning to feel that we are not being trusted enough with certain strategic positions despite the fact that we have demonstrated in particular times that we love Nigeria more than anybody. We have faith in this country more than anybody.

“That couple with the fact that there is huge potential energy within the youth community in Nigeria that is unused because the problem of unemployment in Nigeria, for me, as a biochemist, I look at it as mismanagement of energy; people have too much energy but can’t use it anywhere.

“If you have a 2year old child in this house today and that child doesn’t go to school, he doesn’t go anywhere, before you go out and come back, you will discover that somebody with a lot of energy is residing with you here. So, the idea is that all these agitations bottled up and all that created what you call IPOB.

“And then the federal government over time started watching from the sideline because IPOB was getting money from elsewhere, setting up radio stations, indoctrinating people, all that went on. But while that was going on, at a point, the leadership of the south east through Ohaneze, through the governors started engaging Nnamdi to say we know that there are issues.

“Can we find alternative channels to discuss them? Can we make studied and intellectual presentations and confront the federal government with these arguments? But he felt that his own strategy was better and all that.

“So, I think it got to a point when the federal government began to feel that the red line was threatened and unfortunately some of us as governors were not taken into confidence as to the details and plans and intentions of the federal government and it is the irony of this thing they governors chief security officers; chief security officer but you are not controlling the CP, the soldiers around you, the navy around you, you cannot tell them to stop, you cannot tell them where to go and all that.

“So, that clash came up on us in Abia state and I was confronted as a leader to make a choice between the oath I swore, what was politically expedient and what was right and I think what was right was for me to do everything to protect the lives and properties of Abians and those that are doing business in Abia.

“So, all that I did, the press releases, my actions, all that I did was geared towards fulfilling my mandate which was to protect lives and properties of not only Abians but of everybody that was within Abia doing business.

PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app

“I did not wish for one soul to die, whether IPOB or a Fulani man or a Kogi man. I didn’t want anybody to lose his life or for us to begin to spill blood in my state.

“Like I told some people, my mother told me that everybody should do everything to make sure that war does not ensue in his mother’s kitchen because the pots will break, the plates will break and after the war, with what are you going to eat?

“So, I do not want a war in my kitchen. If there must be war, let the war go elsewhere not in my kitchen. And then I thank God and I give him all the glory that he gave us the wisdom to take the steps we took.”

Meanwhile, had previously reported that Nigerian government has formally notified the governments of the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) of its decision to label Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organisation.

Does the Biafra struggle end if IPOB is dissolved? - on TV

[embedded content]



No tags for this article
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

World's fattest woman sheds 260kg and now seeks for love (photos, video)

- The world's former fattest woman has lost 260kg and now is looking for a lover - The woman, aged 40, who was bed bound now

Florida mom collapses as she learns her son, 8, was shot dead

A woman who said she was the mother of Rashid Cunningham, 8, lost her footing as she learned the child had been shot and killed

Police officers caught on camera stealing stash of cannabis

The two female police officers boast about using their powers to nick the stash of cannabis. They are now being hunted after going on the

Burning calories? Alice Hart-Davies tries out Zerofat cycling

Journalist and fitness guru Alice Hart-Davis tries out the Zerofat, which promises to help users shed pounds by having them burn calories under infrared light

Most Read News

View all posts

Try and be responsible now as an opposition party - Oyegun tells PDP after successful convention

- The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, sends a congratulatory message to Uche Secondus of the PDP - Oyegun

UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said

Jail IGP Idris! - Peace Corps asks High Court, following alleged disobedience of court orders

- The Federal High Court has been asked to jail the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, by the Peace Corps of Nigeria- The corps want

Record breaking! makes YouTube's list of most trending Nigerian videos of 2017

- A video has made it to YouTube's Top Ten Trending Nigerian videos- The video is a documentary by the TV crew on

Saraki Working To Cover Up Senator Lafiagi And Frustrate Prosecution Of Soldiers Who Killed 3 Students

Civil society group, Kwara Must Change (KMC), has alleged that the Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki, has been using his office to prevent the arrest and

Tech: The most spectacular meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, happens tonight — here's how to watch

Tech The most spectacular meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, happens tonight — here's how to watch Published: 13.12.2017 , Refreshed: 54 minutes ago Kevin Loria Go outside

Most Watched Movies

Street Blood Season 2

Street Blood Season 1 - 2017 Latest Nigerian Nollywood movie    

In Bed With My Sister 1

Movies 2017|latest nollywood movies| 2017 Nigerian movies The secrets of Mr Ozor, an Occult man, has been revealed through the wife but she has to

Unknown Ceo

starring: Ebere Okaro, Roselyn Ngissah, Scoth Robert , to mention but a few...