- Vincent Obetta, the senior special assistant inter-governmental affairs, compliance and electoral process to the governor of Enugu state spoke about Biafra agitation in Nigeria
- Obetta blamed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the federal government's designation of the group as a terrorist organization
- He, however, commended the southeast governors’ proactive measure that stemmed the tide of an impending massacre in the region
Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, senior special assistant inter-governmental affairs, compliance and electoral process to the governor of Enugu state said the Indigenous People of Biafra played into the hands of the federal government by its hate-filled agitation.
According to Sahara Reporter, Obetta, a former counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, made this known while commiserating with the families of the dead and wishing the injured speedy recovery.
He said: ''There is no casualty desk record. The casualty figures we have lies within the realm of speculations as to the exact figure of dead and missing persons.
''On the proscription of IPOB by southeast governors, I will advise that the voice of reason should prevail in this case.
''It is senseless to be legalistic against the backdrop of the impending carnage that was staring the southeast governors in the face at the time.''
He said the security and welfare of the people should be the primary purpose of the government.
According to him, ''That is the basic constitutional duty of the southeast governors is as contained in chapter II of 1999 constitution.
''To that extent, I salute the governors’ proactive measure that stemmed the tide of an impending massacre in Igboland. On the propriety of the federal governments’ designation of IPOB as a terrorist organization,
''I can authoritatively say that the IPOB played into the hands of the federal government. I can recall that when I was counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, the federal government played that card.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the lawyer to Kanu urged a group, Lawyers of Conscience, to meet him in court.
Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer: my client is on a political trial - on NAIJ.com TV.