By Chimpuruimeihenile Immanuel Ukoha (Abia writers)
Edited by Livingrich Ezeikpe
The Governor of a state in a democratic setting is the chief security officer of that state. It is the duty of the governor to ensure that the lives and properties of the citizens are protected, and made enjoyable. But in Abia State, the reverse is the case. For instance, Okezie Ikpeazu has given orders that the lives of the citizens of Abia, be destroyed by the men of the Hausa-Fulani trigger-happy soldiers, claiming that they have come to clamp down on all criminal activities in the eastern part of Nigeria, especially in Abia state. It is now "operation wipe out the Igbo race", instead of searching for criminals as claimed by Okezie Ikpeazu.

It is worth reminding us that the Nigerian soldiers on September 12th, 2017, massacred unarmed Biafrans who were going to the house of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The soldiers were seen moving some Hausas to the central mosque at Aba, for protection. Places like; the soldiers tightly secured Ama awusa, Onions market mosque, and the central mosque. The same soldiers that were protecting the Hausa Fulani traders and herdsmen, were at the same time busy killing unarmed Biafrans. So, where is the spirit of the so-called “oneness”? All these happened in the watchful eyes of Ikpeazu, who couldn’t protect those he claimed elected him into office, but had the temerity to call Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a chameleon in an interview with the embattled and inveigling British Broadcasting Cooperation, (BBC) Igbo Service.

He also said that Nnamdi Kanu speaks from both sides of his mouth, as he never consulted him before taking any action. He equally said that Igbos do not want Nigeria to break up as they are ready to rule the country when the time comes. In his words, ''Nnamdi Kanu hates South East governors; he does not want to associate with us despite the love we have for him. Whenever you talk with Nnamdi Kanu, he always speaks from both sides of his mouth, he is not a straightforward person, ''He never consulted me before taking any action, although we all agreed that Igbos are being marginalised but we should sit down and discuss the way out ''.

Governor Ikpeazu agreed that Igbos are being marginalised but do not have guns to go to war if it should break out. According to him, ''it's true that Igbos are being marginalised but how can we get to the Promised Land? Who will lead the Igbos to the Promised Land? Do we have enough guns if war should break out''? He equally said that the Igbos want Nigeria to be united more than the Yorubas, Fulanis, etc.

Recall that Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen since last year when soldiers raided his home in Abia state. And the wife of the missing IPOB leader has this to say about the whereabouts of her husband in an interview with the same BBC (Igbo); “Nigerian Army is still holding my husband, I am not aware of the whereabouts of my husband, and I am not sure if he is alive or dead”. She said that the last time she spoke with him, via a telephone conversation, was when the army raided their Umuahia residence in September.” I was hearing the gunshots. I heard the gunshots and started shouting and asked him what was wrong, He said they are shooting and he is inside the house. That was the last time we spoke.” She insisted that the Nigerian army is going to tell IPOB where their leader is.

Making reference to an interview granted by Lai Mohammed, Mrs Uchehi Kanu said the government had arrested her husband twice and released him when people mounted pressure on them.
“Of course, that is what they will say, that they don’t know where he is. Lai Mohammed said he is not in their custody. That is what happened in another part of Africa that IPOB people were showing the world when they held him at first in 2015,” she said.

“I also asked them where he was and they claimed not to know. They released him afterwards. They have done it the first and second time, now they are lying about it for the third time. So, when they have done it twice and still claimed not to be the ones, would you believe them?”
She said it was untrue that her husband was trying to divide the country.
Asked if Kanu regrets his action given the situation, Mrs Kanu said her husband “can never say had I known”. “This is what everybody is saying that we want. My husband is not alone. He is fighting for Biafrans".

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