March 11, 2016

CHATHAM HOUSE: Imo govt slams IPOB members in London

CHATHAM HOUSE: Imo govt slams IPOB members in London

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at St Peter’s Square Rome, during their visit to Pope Francis at theVatican.

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State Government has described as “most unfortunate and grossly embarrassing”, the attempt by members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to disrupt Governor Rochas Okorocha’s speech at the world-famous Chatham House, London, which he was invited to deliver.

According to a press statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, government said it was  worrisome that members of IPOB that have always given the impression that they are fighting for the course of Igbo, would decide to storm the Chatham House to cause trouble at an event the Governor honoured to deliver a speech on the way forward for our society.

“Indeed, if IPOB apostles would undertake to embarrass an Igbo leader of Governor Okorocha’s status in London, then, their claim that they are fighting or agitating in the interest of Ndigbo should be taken with a pinch of salt by those who had hitherto, believed them”, Onwuemeodo reasoned.

He further argued that all  over the world, groups fighting for one reason or the other presumably for their people, do not loose sight of what certain leaders in the areas represent and accord them the needed respect, no matter what they hold against such leaders.