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Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 02:43:07 PM
…challenges Igbo to return from South Africa, India and other parts of the world
By Rasheed Sobowale

The former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, voiced that he does not know what the IPOB is advocating for till date.

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Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha who did not deny knowing members of the group said he would only consider joining them only if the Nnamdi Kalu-led group can convince him on why he must join IPOB and where it is taking the Igbos to.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date. I don’t know what the agenda of IPOB are and where they are planning to take Ndigbo to.

Speaking on having any relationship with the group, the lawmaker representing Imo North at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly said it is his duty to have a chat with them as a father.

“In the first place, IPOB is not different from other similar groups from other parts of the country, but it is just the packaging and name that have always been the problem,” Sun reported.

“I don’t know what we plan to achieve by isolating ourselves from the rest of the country. And until IPOB answers the question, the leaders might not know how to handle it.

“When you say IPOB, are they trying to call for another sovereign nation? If they want to use this as a way of correcting certain injustices meted to the Igbo, then they should change the name to start with.

“When Oduduwa, Arewa or Niger Delta youths talk, they don’t call for a sovereign nation. For Igbo to become a country of their own, they have to think about the consequences.

“Personally, I don’t think it is good for the Igbo to become isolated from other nations and tribes in this country.

“Although the young men may have grievances, they should package them properly for the world to understand what they are fighting for.

“The leaders seem to have kept quiet for too long. Like our children, we need to build them and let them know that they cannot be talking about sovereignty within a nation.

“What programme do they have in the first place? What has IPOB done about the Igbo killed in South Africa? Is it not surprising that they have not done anything?

“I challenge all the Igbo to return from South Africa, India and other parts of the world, converge on Onitsha market and let us see what will happen.

“I don’t think the Igbo need IPOB at this point; it is rather a distraction that is not good for our political future. It might be the reason we are not doing well politically, yet we are adding more danger to it.

“They are our children; we love them and need to bring them closer. So, it is the failure of leadership in Igboland that should be blamed. We are not showing good leadership to these boys.

“They are children and look at how they attacked Ekweremadu, but how have the attack or threat to other political leaders solved the problem of Igbo in Nigeria?

“How has it corrected the problem of marginalisation of Igbo in Nigeria? They are beating up people in the name of IPOB in Owerri, Aba and other towns, but how has that solved the problem?

“I think IPOB is rather waging war against ourselves which should not be. I am looking forward to meeting with them anytime to address this issue and if they convince me, I will follow them and if I convince them, they should follow me.

“Can we have a meeting where the Igbo will meet with these IPOB, MASSOB and those other associations to find a common ground because whether they are bad, good or evil, they are our brothers, children, sons and daughters?

“I cannot lay claim that I don’t know them because they are Igbo and it is my duty to have a chat with them as a father. They must convince me on why I must join IPOB and where it is taking us to.

“I have told them to join APC because through APC, Igbo man might become president and if they have a contrary view, they can look for an alternative. IPOB needs to explain where they want to take Ndigbo to.”

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Re: Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 02:44:53 PM
This question/comment is VERY HOT and needs to be treated thoroughly.
I shall return later to do so.

And, if you are an interested party, you better say your mind now or accept that everything said here is true.

Re: Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 06:17:58 PM
Okorocha has just spoken his mind, Ipob needs to make an open reply to the matter.

Re: Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 08:29:59 PM
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“To be honest with you, I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date. I don’t know what the agenda of IPOB are and where they are planning to take Ndigbo to.

I don't think you are being completely honest if you say that you don't know what IPOB is looking for. EVERY Nigerian knows that IPOB wants Biafra to break from Nigeria. If you don't have the courage to state a simple truth, then I imagine what you can achieve for your constituency in the National Assembly.

As for the "IPOB agenda", one can guess that they want to achieve their goal peacefully (at least as far as fair eyes can see). Whether their "agenda" (read strategy) will deliver their goal is a subject for debate.

And as for "where they are planning to take Ndigbo to", I think it is glib to say that IPOB is an Igbo organization, though IPOB leadership themselves have been naive and irresponsible in not proving this point (about the diversity of the ethnicity in IPOB) beyond all reasonable doubt. 

They say that the organization is not Igbo, yet all the principal officers of the organization known to the public are Igbo. This is the part where I may agree that aspects of the IPOB strategy can confuse, even the Igbo.  The Igbo are a very intelligent, deep-thinking and egalitarian group. They criticize unfairness or skew of any kind wherever they see it. They may not say it to your face, but they are seeing it and taking mental notes!
The Biafra of 1967-70 had an Ibibio as second in command. THAT Biafra was more popular among the Igbo than this one under IPOB.  This is perhaps why IPOB has not yet attracted the cream of Igbo intellectuals.
Perhaps IPOB should address this point not only in words, but in DEEDS, at least to clear the air on that. 

Re: Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 08:44:56 PM
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“Personally, I don’t think it is good for the Igbo to become isolated from other nations and tribes in this country.

Again, I agree that IPOB has not done enough to prove that their "Biafra" is not an Igbo-only thing, and to that extent, isolate Igbo from everybody.

Now, it doesn't mean that Igbo must follow the rest of Nigeria to jump into a pit of hell if they all want to do so.
Every ethnic group in Nigeria is free to chart its own path whether within Nigeria or outside of it.

My belief is that if Nigeria were to be a functional country (where ALL criminals face the law including state operatives), nobody in his right senses would be seeking to secede. And even if they do so, they would not be doing so as bitterly as IPOB has been doing it.

For now, we are all Nigerians, but there is going discontent with Nigeria.

So, the point is that if IPOB had stated that Biafra is Igbo only, it would not confuse me.
And if they say it is multi-ethnic, and they have other ethnicities in their ranks and file, it would not confuse me either.
What is confusing, to me, is this IPOB leadership that is 100% Igbo, and yet claiming that Biafra is not Igbo only.

A wise Igbo proverb says that any recipe (or ingredients)  for preparation of eye medicine should not contain pepper.
To borrow an IPOB maxim "Eziokwu Chineke!".  8)

So, IPOB  should stop isolating and confusing Igbo people.

Biafra is a SERIOUS thing, and should not be toyed with.

Re: Biafra: I don’t know what IPOB is looking for till date, says Rochas Okorocha

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 16, 2019, 09:04:28 PM
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“Can we have a meeting where the Igbo will meet with these IPOB, MASSOB and those other associations to find a common ground because whether they are bad, good or evil, they are our brothers, children, sons and daughters?

“I cannot lay claim that I don’t know them because they are Igbo and it is my duty to have a chat with them as a father. They must convince me on why I must join IPOB and where it is taking us to.


Regardless of the motive behind this latest Okorocha offer or belief in dialogue with IPOB, I would be a fool if I don't think that this is a direct by-product of the "Iri ji" in Nuremberg Germany. hehe  :))

That event changed Nigeria for good, and I believe that the by-product is only beginning and will go round throughout Nigeria.

Be that as it may, NOTHING BEATS DIALOGUE or what I call "persistent argument", which is exactly why this site came to be!

Nigerians should TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING if they want a better future for themselves and their children.
Not talking is killing Nigeria.

It is exactly why we have all these dangerous armed groups in Nigeria today.
We do not want IPOB to join in that list of armed groups, so DIALOGUE must be the way forward.

A little hilarious anecdote would suffice at this time:

A certain man decided that his titled name would be "umunna na eme" (meaning "my kinsmen are my problem").
He kept going by this name for sometime, and each time he is called by that name his kinsmen feel a little unease.

Then one day, the kinsmen decided that it was time to call for adjudication, a kindred court session, to decide why the man is going by this title. Well, to cut a long story short, after vigorous presentation of facts by BOTH sides (the man and the kinsmen), it was found that, Alas! it was the man that was oppressing his kinsmen instead!

Well, the whole village forced the man to change that title! And the rest is history! :))

So, who knows, if vigorous dialogue is conducted, it may be found that IPOB has no reason to agitate for Biafra afterall, and perhaps the easterners should apologize to Nigerian officials like Okorocha.
I wouldn't bet my smart money on that conclusion though, but the dialogue is KEY.

By the way it is not necessary to join IPOB to agree with them.
Just saying...

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