*Says Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB Were OverPriced#
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said he has not dropped his ambition of becoming the President of Nigeria.
Speaking to Sunday Sun, the Imo Governor however made it clear that he will back President Muhammadu Buhari’s re- election if he decides to re contest.
He said “No, I’ve not dropped my ambition to become the president, I’m only respecting the gentleman called President Muhammadu Buhari who I think has what it takes to change leadership in this country. And I’m waiting for his declaration; if he’s running, then I should support him” he said
Reacting to a question on the issue he further said “ I have so many windows open in 2019 as I wait for Mr. President to make his declaration, I want to be politically relevant and I have made the decision never to watch my country sink. This I would do without losing my Foundation which is a huge challenge on its own. If President Buhari declares to run for the office again in 2019 I will support him, because the man has a character to develop Nigeria. He has a thick skin that we need. We have a faulty foundation and I see President Buhari as that man who can build the foundation that we need. But I don’t see him as someone who will build this nation with a fantastic finishing with nice furniture. He’s just going to build a solid foundation upon which success and prosperity for the land shall be accomplished. And that’s where people like me would come in.
On the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB spearheading the agitation for Biafra, the governor said IPOB was overpriced because it was a group of young men seeking relevance as a livelihood. He described Kanu as inconsequential and he had told the Federal Government that the manner it was giving the group attention was not right.
“IPOB was overpriced. These young men seeking relevance as a livelihood and to tell you how daft some people can be, any mad man can just rise one day and lead a senseless agitation and he’d get followers. Even the way IPOB was handled by the government wasn’t right. I kept telling the government that this young man, Kanu Nnamdi, is inconsequential in the matter- treat him like who he really is. But now he’d been given some national attention branding the whole Igbo as IPOB members and it’s the reason for the quit notice some gave our people in the North. The matter is laughable. You cannot imagine me, Rochas being asked by IPOB that let’s go to war and I follow. That’s the greatest insult to people of the east. Even if you come today and start a church you name ‘Kill Every Human Being Church’, some people will still join you. There are always people for everything you do. I would have handled it differently” he said.
He spoke on the demolition of the Eke Ukwu Owerri market saying before he built the market, he had built more than 11,000 shops compared to over 3,500 shops that were destroyed.