By Chijindu Emeruwa
The Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has described as fake news, viral reports in some section of online media, quoting Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as attributing the successional agiation of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to underdevelopment of the State.
The viral report stated that the Governor lamented the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government abandonment of Abia state in provision of federal projects, because of the agitation of Biafra republic by the IPOB leader.
But, reacting in a telephone interview, with AKELICIOUS on Wednesday, Okiyi Kalu, said there was no element of truth in the said media report and described peddlers of the fake news as cheap attention seekers.
The Information Commissioner, urged members of the public to disregard such media report which he added, did not deserve any response.
In the same development, Nnamdi Kanu’s family, said the remarks attributed to the governor in the said report was ridiculous.
Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel, who spoke on behalf of the family, stated that the claims in the report were senseless and petty, adding that there was no basis for the governor to make such comments.
Emmanuel, however, accused security agencies of planting the said report in the media to distract Kanu in his unwavering quest to actualise Biafra.
He said the intention of those behind the ridiculous story was to possibly distract the IPOB leader from his course, but warned those he described as enemies of the family who usually collude with security agencies to fabricate lies against the Kanu’s family to retrace their steps.
His words, “We know where this latest blackmail is coming from. It’s the same saboteurs who collude with security agencies to malign us. Their intention has always been to frame us up and blackmail my brother.
“But we assure them that we cannot be distracted. My brother, (Nnamdi), is resolute in his resolve towards Biafra restoration which must come this year. He can’t fall for their cheap trick.
“The security agencies should stop wasting their money on those saboteurs, because, they have run out of ideas. Biafra project is beyond Abia State. It is a regional movement”.