Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has advised the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against hurling abuses and insults on everyone that stands against its Biafra agitation.
Recall that the former governor had alleged that the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, had escaped to the United Kingdom through Malyasia.
IPOB, in a swift reaction said that Kalu was “a hapless victim of a well-orchestrated blackmail by his masters”, adding that the reason for his false allegation was “to escape his ongoing trial.”
Kalu, however, in his reaction, referred to IPOB’s statement as pathetic, adding that he wondered why most Nigerians are interested in sensational headlines and care less about details.
He reminded the group how he was the first Igbo leader to pay Kanu a visit in Kuje during his long detention.
He claimed to have also facilitated the release of its members in the past and also intervened in their interest with the authorities.
The former governor further accused the group of running the interest of some politicians and despising good counsel, describing it as laughable when people try to link his actions with corruption charges levelled against him since 2007.
“I believe everyone has right priorities and knows what really matters. For instance, our Igbo brothers are safe in the North and our minds are settled over their property, and that’s what matters. Dancing to the beats of a popular drum isn’t top of my list. These boys hurling abuses and insults on everyone that stands against division are simply ignorant. I forgive them.” Kalu stated.
“I had wished the IPOB were more civil to monitor their utterances, and not take up a duty of attacking my personality and leaving the issue I raised.
“I wonder how IPOB easily forgot their lines. They have had many of their detained members bailed through my intervention.
“Would it be appropriate for even somebody like Emma Powerful to heap unprintable insults and accusations on me? I bailed him out when he was detained.
“When Nnamdi was in prison, I was the first to visit him, opening doors for others to do same. I did that because he is my brother. Although he showed a lot of appreciations during the visit but he still maintained his ground on Biafra. For the sake of posterity, I have made my stand clear. In a restructured Nigeria, Igbo people would be better off. We got it wrong in 1967 and we need to get it right now, else we get it wrong again.” Kalu warned in the statement.