The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has appealed to Igbos to be cautious over what happened in Germany, describing it as a little family misunderstanding that calls for meeting of minds rather than escalating the dust raised by the incident through careless speeches, including those, according to him, calling for “shoot at Sight” of IPOB members.
Speaking to the press after the signing of a Memorandum-of Understanding with Transmission Company of Nigeria for the building of massive transmission infrastructure in Anambra State at the Executive Chambers of Anambra State Government House yesterday, Obiano requested Sen. Ike Ekweremadu to forgive IPOB members as a carling father readily forgives his misguided and sometimes stupid children.
Obiano who went on to apologise to Sen. Ike Ekweremadu over what he suffered, reminded IPOB members that they were acting illegally having been proscribed by the Nigerian government as a terrorist group. Obiano said that though people like him had since had a re-think about the proscription, but that the recent Germany incident which showed IPOB’s true colours appears to justify the proscription. Obiano said the unrepentant speeches coming from IPOB members betrayed them as a “bunch of irresponsible and misguided youths” in search of direction. “In such a case, what do we do? Leave them to live with their stupidity or guide them as a father guides sons we call ‘efulefus’ in Igbo land?”
Describing the threat to stop some categories of people from travelling, Obiano said the mere thought of that was madness since it was against the universally recognised human rights of freedom of movement. “With their mind set, if you give them Biafra today, the country will certainly turn into a vast prison house,” Obiano cautioned, while calling for continued support for President Mohammadu Buhari as the best gift God has given to Nigeria in recent times..
Obiano who confessed to have known, hosted and interacted with IPOB Leader, Mr. Nnmadi Kanu said: “I have hosted him in Aguleri and I recall we had fruitful discussion. Kanu is an intelligent young man who, I must concede to him, hates injustice, but we disagreed on the manner he is pursuing it. “