The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), has told Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha that “he is the one that is a big disgrace to Ndigbo”.
The pro-Biafra group was reacting to a statement credited to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemedo, in which he described IPOB as “a disgrace to Ndigbo”.
It would be recalled an IPOB member disrupted Okorocha’s speech presentation at the Chatham House, London, on Wednesday.
The unidentified IPOB supporter, who was armed with a Biafran flag, moved towards the podium while the governor was presenting his speech, lamenting that no one is doing anything about the plight of Biafran agitators in Nigeria.
The chief press secretary had also told IPOB that it would be “unreasonable” for the pro-Biafra group “to think Okorocha can be one of them”.
Onwuemedo further stated that the invasion of the venue by IPOB with the aim of disrupting the governor’s speech has discredited the group’s true claim of agitating for a true Igbo nation, even as he claimed that Okorocha’s refusal to support their agitation led to the attack on his person at the Chatham House.
But in a swift reaction, IPOB lambasted Okorocha for what it called his anti-Biafra activities and utterances, warning him to “guard his utterances about Biafra to avoid regrets”.
IPOB also told Okorocha to stop parading himself as Igbo leader, saying that he lacks the capacity, confidence, and the antecedents to speak for Ndigbo “when Imo State under his watch has become a laughing stock”.
The spokesperson for IPOB, Emma Powerful, who made the group’s position known on Saturday, said “Okorocha is a total disgrace to Ndigbo home and abroad”, adding that he deceived the people of Imo by pretending to be a voice for the masses only to gain power and manifest his true colour.
Powerful said that the treatment meted to Okorocha in Lon¬don was a warning to other governors in the south east states who are sabotaging the efforts to actualise an independent state of Biafra.
“What Okorocha saw in London is a warning to his colleagues who are working against Biafra interest. Similar treatments await them until they stop cooperating with our oppressors.
“Wherever they travel, IPOB will visit them in that country until they begin to condemn the killing of their brothers by the Federal Government and the security agencies.
“What happened to Okorocha will be a child’s play. We want to prove to them that we are highly committed towards the restoration of Biafra”, he said.
The IPOB spokesman vowed that there is no going back on the agitation for Biafra despite the efforts of “some highly placed selfish politicians” in connivance with their federal collaborators to frustrate the struggle.
He, however, restated that the group is totally committed to its non-violent approach in the struggle for independence.