Stop harassing Igbo leaders, group warns IPOB, others

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Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Main Igbo Movement (MIM) at the weekend warned all pro-Biafra groups, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to desist from threatening credible Igbo sons in the course of its agitation.

MIM was reacting to the attack on Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha by IPOB members in London, while he was at the Chatham House. It said it will not condone further harassment of Igbo leaders by any group under any guise.

A statement by its President-General, Nze Simon Okokwe said the London incident was unacceptable and should be condemned by all Igbo.

The statement reads: “The recent attack on the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha in a foreign land by faceless hoodlums brandishing Biafran flag and claiming to be Biafra agitators is most embarrassing, not only to the governor but the entire Igbo. It shows the level we have degenerated.

“In as much as we have nothing against peaceful agitation for any course whatsoever, including Biafra, we condemn in its entirety, any plan to coerce anyone to join or support any agitation, including the Biafra struggle.

“To this end we are demanding an unreserved apology to Ndigbo and Okorocha for the humiliation meted to an illustrious Igbo son.

“While we are not supporting any political party or politician, recent happenings in Igboland has warranted that we take stringent measures to purge ourselves of all tendencies to become a lawless people. It is our candid advice that all pro-Biafra groups be guided by the law of the land and the mutual respect for our culture, which forbids unrestrained behaviours.

“To this end, we say enough is enough otherwise we will expose the criminals hiding under the guise of Biafra agitation to perpetrate crime.” (The Nation)

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