Rivers State Governor and 2023 Presidential aspirant, Nyesom Wike has declared that he supports the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB recalling that the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu once sang his praises.
He made these assertions when he appeared on a Channels Television’s Politics Today program which was monitored by Africa Daily News, New York.
Wike claimed that he supports IPOB’s agitation, however, he frowns against the group’s violent approach to solving problems.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to listen and discuss with IPOB over their agitation.
According to the Presidential aspirant: ‘IPOB is not a threat to me, it’s because of the division in the country that we have the kind of agitation we have today.
“There was a time IPOB was singing praises of Wike, Nnamdi Kanu was singing praises about Wike that he is our son.
“There is nothing wrong in people agitating but all the Federal Government should do is listen to their agitations, talk with them; there is nothing wrong about that.
“My problem came when they came to my state and burnt infrastructure like the courts, police stations, and I said told them not to do that.
“Whether anybody likes it or not, I support the agitation, I support that we should sit down and discuss the marginalization of the Southeast.
“I’m a governor and I asked them, do you need to kill people in my area, destroy infrastructures put in place for you to know I’m with you? I said no; I won’t do that.’
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army have accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of using pictures of fake soldiers arrested by Nigerian army troops recently to malign the institution and cast aspersions on them.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja which was obtained by Africa Daily News, New York.
Nwachukwu stated that one Solomon Okafor of Radio Biafra London had been peddling malicious disinformation and falsehood on social media, alleging complicity by troops in a fictitious case of the kidnapping of a family of 10 in Kaduna State.