- Governor Ikpeazu of Abia state has decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria
- The governor faulted the approach adopted by the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu
- Ikpeazu noted that Kanu has declared the governors in the southeast as the enemy of the zone
The Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has placed some southeast governors under the death sentence for yet-to-be-disclosed reasons.
The Punch reports that the governor, who made this known, said he is one of those under the IPOB death sentence.
Legit.ng gathered that he noted that the issues of marginalisation and inequality raised by the leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, are valid.
Ikpeazu, however, faulted the strategy being employed by IPOB, advising the secessionist group to explore dialogue and peaceful ways to seek redress.
He stated this during a visit to the Osasu Igbinedion pan-African television studio in Abuja on Thursday, April 22.
“People are beginning to think now that some of the issues raised by Nnamdi Kanu are, if they were issues of injustice, marginalisation and inequality, any part of society has a right to begin to feel cheated or unwanted.
“So, some of those things which Nnamdi said are valid. Some of us can see it. We cannot continue to hide behind a finger. But some of us do not subscribe to his style or strategy, because I do not understand where he is going and how he is going and when he plans to pull the break up and what he wants to achieve.
“If I have a way of conveying my views to the leadership of that group, what I will say is that they should find a way to enter into conversation and let people know. I am under their fatwa now and some of my brother governors. They say, ‘If you see them, kill them."
The Nation also reports that the governor cautioned IPOB against instigating a civil war in the country, hinting that violence would not favour anyone.
Ikpeazu said the insecurity in the country should be addressed holistically, stressing the need for a change of strategy in the prosecution of the war against insurgents and bandits.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi said the attacks on police formations in the southeast zone are carried out by criminals and bandits.
It was reported that Umahi noted that the killing of policemen and burning police station show that the herdsmen issue is not the only security problem in the region.