Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to sit and have a discussion with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to what he is saying about the marginalization of the Igbo in Nigeria.
This is even as the governor warned that nobody can win a battle of conscience through the courts.
Ikpeazu who made the statement in an interview with Vanguard in Aba, the commercial city of Abia state, stated that he may not be a fan of the IPOB leader but wants some of the issues he has raised to be looked into.
“The federal government needs to sit down and discuss with Nnamdi Kanu and ask what can we do.” Gov Ikpeazu said, adding that the agitation can be solved through discussion rather than going through the court.
He said: “We can stay at the table to listen to what he is saying. You can’t win a battle of conscience through the court. Do we need Nnamdi Kanu to tell us that there is no Igbo in the hierarchy of service chiefs in Nigeria.
“Do we need Nnamdi Kanu to tell us that Ndigbo is marginalized in Nigeria?Do we need Nnamdi Kanu to tell us that rice that was sold for N10k, now goes for N40k? You need to listen to the Igbo who are the only true Nigerian.
“How many times have you seen Babalola Nigeria Limited in Azikiwe road, Aba? How many times have you seen Alhaji Kazaure Nigeria Limited in Umuahia? But there’s no street in the South West or North that you don’t see Igbo businesses.”