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I was welcomed by IPOB members in America – Ngige

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By Toby Prince

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has claimed that he was received warmly by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) when he travelled to the United States of America.

Ngige said this in Obosi, Anambra State in reaction to a threat by the group to attack politicians of the South-East geopolitical zone if they were seen anywhere outside the country.

The minister said the group would have a moral burden to attack him because he protected them and their interests when he was governor of Anambra State.

“IPOB was registered by the late  President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife and other Igbo as a non-violent group,” he said.

“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 minister continued: “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.”

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