Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared that his “community and identity is Nigeria.”
He said no Igbo man would support secession or division of the country, adding that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, should be treated as a single individual.
He said this is because well-meaning Igbo people have condemned Indigenous People of Biafra in all ramifications.
Okorocha spoke on Saturday, in Owerri, at the new yam festival organised by the State Council of Traditional Rulers, headed by HRM Eze Samuel Ohir.
The governor added that everyone that loves Ndigbo has condemned the activities of IPOB.
Okorocha said, “I can see that the unity of Nigeria is today dramatised in the land of Imo State. I say so because growing up as a child, I never knew where I came from because I found myself somewhere in Plateau State as a little boy and the only language I could speak was the Hausa language.
“I had no choice because that was where I was brought up. So, I grew up being born an Igbo man, but was reared in the North and was made financially buoyant in the South-West.”
“So, I have declared myself that in no way should I be found as a tribalised Nigerian.
“I will remain detribalised as long as Igbo gave me parentage and childhood, as long as North reared and nurtured me and for as long as South-West empowered me.
“My community and my identity is Nigeria.”