A presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC has declared that the separatist movement known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, lacks the capacity to break up Nigeria.

Speaking on the BBC, Senator Rochas Okorocha, one-time Governor of Imo State acknowledged that  the younger generation of Igbos who are agitating for the actualization of Biafra  are “our children.”

“These agitator-s are our children and what we ought to do is to make them understand what they need to know. It will be impossible for me to deny these children and say I don’t know them”.

But Okorocha suggested that such a sensitive decision on the future of the Igbo in Nigeria ought to be left to the elders of the tribe.

“Only people like us can decide whether Igbos will leave Nigeria. The decision is not for our children to make because what we see while sitting down, they won’t see when they stand.”

Giving reasons for his decision to vie for the presidency, the Senator told BBC Pidgin that he felt compelled by the dwindling economic situation and the plight faced by Nigerians to run.

“Passion and vision brought me into the presidential race”, Okorocha revealed, “I’m not happy with the way Nigerians are suffering and poor people cannot feed themselves.”

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