CHANCELLOR of the Eastern Mandate Union, EMU, Dr Arthur Nwankwo, has dissociated himself from the Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, a breakaway faction of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and his nomination as one of old Eastern Region eminent persons to negotiate with the Federal Government on Biafra. In a four-paragraph statement, Nwankwo, who restated his clamour for the restructuring of the country, said the association of his name to RE-IPOB is scandalous and unaccpetable. Reacting to media reports in which RE-IPOB mentioned him as one of the eminent Igbo personalities to negotiate with the Federal Government, he said: ”The statement credited to an amorphous breakaway group from the IPOB called RE-IPOB, gave the impression that I am in league with it. I consider the association of my name to this type of self-serving group absolutely scandalous, ridiculous and totally unacceptable. I have nothing whatsoever to do with the group or any other group for that matter. ”My position on the state of Nigeria is not ambiguous. I have relentlessly canvassed a thorough-going restructuring of this country; where all the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria would come to a round table to negotiate their existence. ”The Igbo nation has not mandated any person or group to negotiate for it. I therefore dissociate myself completely from RE-IPOB and demand an immediate retraction of my name from their press release to avoid unpleasant consequences.”
I was born in Port-Harcourt and my father worked with Ministry Works then PWD in the sixties. On his trip to Okrika as God will want it, unkowingly to my dad and the chief, my dad took residence in the compound of the Chief of a village in Okrika in Rivers State. The Chief's great, great grandfather kept a history of his origin and how he landed in Okrika. So the chief was feeling the presence of my dad in his compound and wanted an ordiance with him. The first question he asked him was Peter where are you from orginally. My father asked him if he wanted to know his hometown and the chief said yes. My Dad told him that he is from OBOSI. The chief got up and huged him. He did not say anything but asked my Dad to leave that he will call him back over the weekend. The Chief invited all his relatives, children and grand children to his compound as my father stepped in to the compond there was food, drink just a feastival. My Dad was surprised at that point the chief went inside and brought ancestorial link showing that they are from Obosi. Later on he told my Dad the name of their family and how and circumstances that led to the settlement in Okrika which I will keep for myself.
By Okey Nwasike
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