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Friday, 6 October 2017

Ooni of Ife visits Abia governor Ikpeazu, says IPOB members should not be regarded as terrorists (Photos)

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The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi has said members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) should not be regarded as terrorists.

He said this on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State.

The Ooni who refered the Nnamdi Kanu-led group as the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN), said they were justified in asking for justice and equity.
   
He added that their energy could be tapped and channeled to build a better Nigeria.

“There is something that is bordering them; there is something that is making them to cry,” he said.

“We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer because the youth of this country are the future, the energy, they are the heartbeat of this country.”

“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this,” he said.

“We stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you; we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration.”

“The problem confronting Nigeria remains the inability to harness the potentials and weld together the diversities to create a strong, united country.”

The Ooni said that he was in Abia to support the state government because of its passion for things that were positive.

“The earlier we realise that we are all spiritually linked the better for us. We must chart a positive course for our teeming youths and make this country a better place.

“We are praying for you and we don’t want any war or disintegration of the nation. We know that the youths of Abia will stand together to chart a proper course to make things better,”he said.

In his response, Ikpeazu said that Nigeria had the potential to be one of the biggest countries because of the human and natural resources that abound in the nation.

The governor said that the state government was committed to empowering Abia youths to enable them become self-reliant.

“The state government has created an office dedicated to providing empowerment for youths with a a minimum loan of N250,000 to start small business.

“This is our way of practically supporting our youths that are interested in eeking out a living. I believe that is how we can curb youth restiveness ,” he said.

More photos from the Ooni's visit below..


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