Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Wednesday, distanced the people of the South East geo-political zone from the protest over the arrest of the director of Radio Biafra by security operatives saying that such a protest had no supporter or blessing of the governors and leaders form the zone.
Okorocha who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemedo, in a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri, regretted that the protest over Radio Biafra and arrest of its director would not add any value to development of the zone and life of the people in the area.
The governors and leaders of the South-East condemn the protests, especially for the manner they were carried out in the name of Biafra. If a section of the people in the South-East or even the whole people in the geo-political zone protest over the bad shape of the federal roads in the area or protest over the total negligence of the geo-political zone, every governor and leader in the area would support that.
“The South-East is an integral part of Nigeria and the governors and leaders from the area believe in the unity of the country and would always work towards sustaining the unity. And as far as the governors and leaders of the South-East are concerned, those behind the campaign for Biafra have their ulterior motive, which has nothing to do with corporate interest of Ndi-Igbo in Nigeria of our collective dream”.
According to him, “the concern of the governors and other South-East leaders is to get what is due for us in our country, and any other quest, especially for Biafra is diversionary”.
Okorocha therefore called on those behind protests on the basis of Biafra to give peace a chance and regretted that some Igbo people could get involved in a protest that whose end- result won’t benefit Ndi-Igbo in any way.
He said that the unity of Nigeria was not negotiable, and that the South-East people strongly believed in the sovereignty of the country and would work assiduously to ensure its sustenance.