Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that any form of war now, will cost the Igbos N3 trillion, both in properties and in assets; stating that Igbos are being deceived by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that they will drive away Nigeria, and give them Biafra.
Okorocha, spoke when he gave sixteen newly recognized Traditional Rulers in the State, their respective Staff of Office, and Certificates of recognition.
He regretted that that even when the cloud is gathering storm over IPOB activities, those who should be talking like Traditional Tulers, Leaders, and Pastors, have chosen to keep mute.
“On IPOB, the cloud is gathering storm, nobody is talking, even our Traditional Rulers, Pastors, and Leaders, this is bad for our people. If you will remember vividly that few years ago, during the Civil War, it was a similar story. That was how it all started. At that time, we believed that the Ohafia warriors will be able to fight and disseminate the North”, he said.
He continued: “Now we are been deceived that IPOB will drive away Nigeria and give us Biafra. Even our Pastors, men of God and some leaders in the rural areas, nobody is speaking out against this action, and the song of war is coming gradually like a desert encroachment. We fought the war, and it was believed that the Igbos will learn from it, but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions”.
He noted: “There are 5 million Igbos living outside the shores of Igbo region. Any form of war will cause the Igbos over 3 trillion naira loss in properties and assets. No sane person will spread the message of division and war because it does not benefit the Igbo in any way. I urge you traditional rulers to speak against it and educate your people on the true state of things. Igbo need to build bridge of unity across the nation”.
He added: “One of the Challenges I have in my government is the issue of pension and it is not my intention not to pay pension. I want to say to you, when you go back, help us in this regard to identify the genuine pensioners because you know them more than they are been known in the wards”.