•As IPOB members disrupt Okorocha’s address
By Philip Nwosu
IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was at Chatham House yesterday to speak on the importance of developing human capital in Nigeria, but he was greeted with huge embarrassment from members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Just as the governor mounted the podium to begins his address, an unidentified man within the audience started to talk about Biafra and the silence of the governor and other Igbo elites in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari on IPOB’s struggle.
While some persons perceived to be government officials tried to stop him to allow Okorocha continue with his speech, another young man emerged from the audience and mounted the stage and displayed the flag of the defunct Biafran republic.
As the young man marched with the flag, others at the background were explaining the reason for their action in a harsh tone, saying “you are here to talk about what, while our people are being killed everyday and nobody has said anything about it?”
At that moment, the young man already on the stage approached Okorocha with the Biafran flag, but was stopped again by some persons from the audience whom it was gathered, were government officials, who had travelled with the governor to London.
The suspected IPOB members were eventually persuaded to leave the auditorium before the governor continued with his on human capital development in Nigeria and how it can be achieved.
He also discussed strategies of the rescue mission for addressing social challenges and the role external partners can constructively play in assisting Nigeria in human capital development.
Okorocha’s free education programme from primary to university level and his concerted effort at Human Capital Development Initiatives in the state had occasioned the interest of the London based Chatham House to invite him to talk on the referenced topic.
The governor travelled with very few senior government officials to witness the historic event and they are expected back to Nigeria at the weekend.