- As IPOB members disrupt his address
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha was at Chatham House March 9 to speak on the importance of developing human capital in Nigeria, but he was greeted with huge embarrassment from members of the pro-Biafran group, the Indigenous People of Biafra. (IPOB).
Just as the governor mounted the podium to begin his address, an unidentified man within the audience started talking about Biafra and the silence of the governor and other Igbo elites in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, on the struggle of IPOB.
While some persons perceived to be government officials tried to stop the youngman and allow Gov. Okorocha to continue with his delivery, another youngman emerged from the audience and mounted the stage, displaying the flag of the defunct Biafran republic.
As the youngman marched with the flag, others at the background were explaining the reason for their action in 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 youngman already at the stage, approached Okorocha with the Biafra 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 for the delivery.
The suspected IPOB members were eventually persuaded to leave the auditorium before the governor continued on his delivery 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 had traveled with very few senior government officials to witness the historic event and they are expected back to Nigeria during the weekend.