Mr Simon Ekpa, ex-disciple of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is ‘another bandit’ in Igbo land.
Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State said this when he addressed some stakeholders and party members of the All Progressives Congress in Abakaliki on Thursday.
Umahi stated that, “When this turbulence for Biafra started, I told them that this issue would go beyond their leader. And today, it has gone beyond Nnamdi Kanu.
“Currently, we have another bandit they call Simon Ekpa. Is this the Biafra they longed for? To be killing themselves and ousting others? That’s why we kept shouting in the heat of the catastrophe that Ebonyi State can never be part of Biafra, and we still maintain our stance.” Ekpa is from Ebonyi State.
In another development, Biafran agitators have been advised to adopt a legitimate approach in their quest to actualise Biafra rather than confrontational methods.
A scholar and pro-Biafra agitator, Dr Joseph Agbo, stated this while appearing on the EnergyFM political programme in Enugu on Friday.
Agbo said, “Sit-at-home orders have led to losses of over three trillion naira in Southeast. Many lives have been lost; property wasted. Is that how to achieve Biafra? You can’t get Biafra without being in-charge of the political space.”
He decried calls to boycott the 2023 general elections, adding that, “What should be paramount among Biafran agitators is to have people of Biafran ideologies to occupy political positions to champion Biafra as government rather than non-state actors.”
He described the acclaimed leader of IPOB, Simon Ekpa, as a ‘New Testament’, while Kanu is the ‘Old Testament’, adding that Ekpa is ‘fulfilling what Kanu started’, which portends dangers to South East.
Recall that Ekpa, former Nigerian athlete and Finland-based immigration consultant, declared sit-at-home, which ran from Dec 9 to Dec 14, 2022, with human and material casualties. Pundits claim Ekpa is working for some clandestine interests to truncate the voting strength of people of the South East in the 2023 general elections.