The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has claimed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) cannot attack him because he protected them when he was Governor of Anambra State.
Ngige made this known while reacting to reports that IPOB members had threatened to attack South-East politicians outside the shores of Nigeria.
The Minister also urged Igbos to stop complaining of marginalisation and work towards succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
According to Ngige, “IPOB was registered by the late President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife and other Igbo as a non-violent group.
“What is going on now in the group is not part of the work plan . I visited the United States of America recently, and I was welcomed by IPOB members.
“They knew I fed and protected them when I was in office as governor. I have said it several times that Biafra cannot be achieved the IPOB way.
“The Igbo should stop shouting marginalisation. They should stand up and assert themselves to be counted. Nigeria belongs to all of us.
“Equity favours the Igbo to produce the next president of the country, but they must work hard and position themselves for it.
“We should stop political sentiments. Politicians don’t give power based on sentiment and emotion. President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is favourable to an Igbo president.
“We must support him and associate with the APC. Nobody will give you president of Nigeria in your bedroom.”