THE Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday came hard on Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and his Anambra State counterpart, Chief Willie Obiano over what they termed unpleasant verbal war between the duo.
MASSOB, through its leader, Uchenna Madu, advised the two governors, who have been going for each other’s jugular in the media war, to keep quiet and end what it called exchange of dirty pleasantries.
The group identified lack of unity, cohesion, understanding and commitment to the zone by the two Igbo governors as reasons for the recent ugly development, adding that the governors have exhibited poor leadership characters.
“The current poor leadership of the South East Governors’ Forum under Rochas Okorocha and non-cooperation of his colleagues have immensely affected the collective interest of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
“They place their party interests ahead of Igbo interest, they have never condemned or spoken out against the unwarranted and unprovoked killings of our people by Fulani herdsmen in Enugu, Abia, Anambra and Imo states.
“Also, they have not condemned the genocide against non-violent Biafra agitators.
“During the era of Mr. Peter Obi as the governor of Anambra State and chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, this rascality and embarrassment of Ndigbo did not occur because of his leadership quality which was anchored on Igbo interest first before party and personal interests.
“Obi was the unifying factor of Igbo Governors’ Forum and Igbo interest, even the former governors that served with him worked as a family and spoke with one voice for the zone under his leadership.”
The MASSOB leader, advised governors Okorocha and Obiano and, indeed, other governors of the South East zone to emulate the simplicity and humility of the former governor, Obi, as the best Igbo governor during his era.
“MASSOB warns that washing one’s dirty clothes in the public is not the best option and that political party interests can never be exchanged for the general interest of Ndigbo.
“Today, our political detractors are happy, celebrating this political madness that is capable of disorganising our people.
“As the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has assured of dismantling the embers of discord between the two governors, MASSOB wants the governors to know that Igbo land is bigger than them and they must cooperate with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for a lasting peace and harmony in the land.”