The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has
renamed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as the “Indigenous People
of Brighter Nigeria, IPOBN”.
The Monarch stated this when he paid a
courtesy visit to Okezie Ikpeazu, the Executive Governor of Abia State,
as part of the activities surrounding his primary mission of celebrating
the new yam festival with Eberechi Dick, Chairman of the South-East
Council of Traditional Rulers.
“There is something that is bothering them; there is something that is making them cry”, he said.
“We should not throw them away; we
should draw them closer, because the youth of this country are the
future, the energy, they are the heartbeat of this country”, he said.
He added: “I hereby rename IPOB as the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria, IPOBN.
Supporting the position of the Ohanaeze
Ndigbo on restructuring, Ogunwusi said Yorubas shared the same view on
the way forward for Nigeria.
“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this.
“We stand by you positively in a very
progressive manner. We stand by you; we all must come together to build a
united Nigeria. We do not want any war; we do not want any
disintegration”, the Royal Father said.
Elsewhere, Governor Ikpeazu said that he
was honoured to host the respected Traditional Ruler. He praised the
Ooni for “being in tune with national issues, and making positive
contributions for national rebirth”.
“I am a firm believer that this country is strong today, because of its diversity.
“The problem confronting Nigeria remains
the inability to harness the potentials and weld together the
diversities to create a strong, united country”, the Governor added.