Bandits Are Into Business, IPOB Is Calling For War — APC Chief, Igbokwe Defends Government’s Clampdown On Secessionists

An All Progressives Congress Chief and Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, has defined why the federal authorities has not prolonged the coordinated efforts in direction of the arrest of secessionist chief, Nnamdi Kanu to bandits and kidnappers. 

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Igbokwe acknowledged that bandits had been merely into “kidnapping business” and may not even be Nigerians whereas requires secession are a passage to warfare. 

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He revealed that the Supreme Court doesn’t permit discussions concerning secession stressing that requires a separate area are usually not even preferrred for Igbos who’ve companies everywhere in the nation. 

He stated, “That is the argument of the weak human beings, you want to compare Sambisa Forest to the South-East that is smaller than Kogi State. Bandits come to kidnap for money, you pay them and they release you, that is their business, those people may not even be Nigerians. It is not war, it is not secession. In fact, in the Supreme Court of Nigeria when the issue of secession came up, the Supreme Court will not entertain it; we don’t discuss it. 

“You don’t talk about it, tribes must die for you to build a nation? It is unheard of, we have made mistakes in the past, we don’t want to make them again. It is a delicate, complicated matter. Almost 400 young men lost their lives in two months.”

Igbokwe additionally spoke on why he rejoiced on the arrest of the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Kanu. 

In his phrases, “He (Kanu) said, on Radio Biafra, that if they see me, his boys, they should behead me and kill all my children, destroy my home and I played it down but I put my life in the hands of God and that of my family because I was asking myself, I was like has it gotten to this, that you cannot hear voices that are not saying no, we can’t go this way.

”I’m older than him, I noticed the civil warfare, he did not see the civil warfare. I do know what we went by way of, I could not go to highschool in the course of the civil warfare, I used to be in Primary 5 when the warfare began in 1967 and after the warfare, I began once more from Primary 5 and I perceive what performed out, the casualties, the ache, the tears, the losses, my father misplaced his enterprise and we stated, do we now have to undergo this manner once more? 

“Having seen it all because I know what he doesn’t know and I have seen what he has not seen, I have the experience, I have seen it all and I have the history behind me. Has it gotten to this that if you have dissent voices then the person has to be killed?

“It could have been worse, many people died. I am not celebrating death; I’m just thanking God that at least I may be a little bit free… Again, I’m looking at the big picture too; do we have to go this way again?”

Speaking on the marginalisation of the Igbos as a purpose for the decision for secession, Igbokwe famous that Igbos are usually not the least of the three main tribes within the nation.

He stated, “It’s not the option, you negotiate, you go to the conference table to negotiate because you may say we have been marginalized, yes because, after all, we have the least number of states if you compare us to other zones, it is denying us a lot of things but if you place the three major ethnic groups on the table, Igbo is not the last in terms of anything, education, wealth, cash, we are not the last. I won’t tell you we are the first but I won’t tell you we are the last. 

“Enterprising spirit is our culture, our tradition but they are not doing the business in the southeast, across everywhere, Lagos, Kaduna, Sokoto. Igbos are widely travelled people, we need the space, we can go anywhere, why are you asking for a small space? There’s no ethnic group in Nigeria widely travelled as our people. An Igbo man will go to a place and start a small business and start booming.

“What I want is that the Federal Government should give Igbos additional states, I’ve been advocating for that for years now, just one state because we work hard in this country, we built Abuja, a sizeable part of Abuja, if all the governors gather here in Abuja, we will be the least — five others have six. 

“Kanu’s arrest was serious international diplomacy, a delicate and seamless operation that must have taken years to plan. So, take the leader away and the followers will scatter.”

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Bandits Are Into Business, IPOB Is Calling For War — APC Chief, Igbokwe Defends Government’s Clampdown On Secessionists

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