Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has appealed on pro-Biafra groups, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to discontinue their protests as their message has been well communicated and their voices heard nationally and internationally.
In a statement signed by Godwin Adindu, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the Abia State Government, said the pro-Biafra groups have made their statement calling for the release of the Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The state government therefore, asked the group to give peace a chance and wait for reaction of the government.
The call by government followed the peaceful protest by the separatist groups in Umuahia, the state capital today which was well checked by law enforcement agencies.
It observed that though the protest has been largely peaceful in Abia State without any incident of violence, it actually disturbed the socio-economic life of the state, hence the need for the pro-Biafra groups to change strategy from street marches to peaceful negotiation with the Federal Government.
The government also noted that the entire South East cannot afford another militancy and therefore urged the groups to discontinue their street marches before the situation is hijacked by troublemakers and detractors of government.
Abia government also commended the security agencies for the high professionalism they exhibited in handling the protest in Abia State.
The government further stated that it will continue to guarantee the freedom of association and expression by persons and groups so long as they operate within the ambit of the law and therefore appealed to the pro-Biafra groups not to conduct themselves in a manner that could lead to the breach of peace.