The proverbial saying that ‘an elder stylishly runs for a cow’ has displayed between Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra state and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on political matters, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu has stated that his boss was not in conflict with the members and leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Awogu who spoke at the residence of the former iBiafra warlord, Col. Joe Achuzia said that Anambra state as the cradle of the Igbo race was not unmindful of the accommodation she owe to all shades of opinion in Igboland.
“We are not in conflict with our IPOB brothers. We are as a matter of principle on the same page with them in the quest for a better treatment for our people and it is our view that with some degree of understanding
and a little flexibility in our approaches to resolving the Igbo question,we could make Ndigbo win on all sides of our struggles for a better homeland.”
The aide with his entourage were at the residence of the Civil war famed Aeronautic engineer, to celebrate his 90th birthday and to wish him many more years in good health as he continues to direct the affairs of the Biafrans as the most senior surviving member of the Biafran revolutiton.
Col. Achuzia, who at 90 is still mentally alert thanked Governor Obiano for sendIng Awogu to visit him as he marksed his 90th birthday, saying that he bore the brunt of the civil war as he was thrown into jail for seven years after the war ended on the orders of the Federal Government under Geny. Yakubu Gowon.
It would be recalled that Achuzia who is the Secretary General of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB bemoaned those that were in power at the end of the civil war and did everything against his person because of his role in the civil war. He however maintained that they didn’t harm him just because of God’s mercies on him. “And for me to live to clock 90 years can only be God’s extraordinary grace.”, he noted.
Col. Achuzia, who does not mince words on topical issues, demanded that he, as a person, should be addressed as “a Biafran” as that according to him reflects his true identity.
He went on to say that he was particularly impressed with the way Gov. Willie Obiano resolved the issue of the Boko Haram convicts that were brought to Ekwulobia, in Anambra state to spite Ndigbo and created a sense of apprehension and insecurity among the people.
He affirmed that it is only a true son that could have wrestled the federal
government into relocating the terrorists from Ekwulobia, syressing that Gov. Willie Obiano’s relocation of the Boko Haram convicts from Anambra state and the entire Igboland was the second frontal confrontation with the governor was having in his defense of Ndigbo against the Nigerian
establishment, the first being the governor’s insistence on burying Biafran war victims and opting to go to jail as a result.