Former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife said that the violent attacks on government facilities in the South East are carried out to prove the Igbo people.
In an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday, Ezeife said several attacks on police stations, prisons, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in the region may have been carried out by external people.
The elder statesman added that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) are not behind the violent attacks in the region.
Ezeife noted that investigation carried out by elders in the region revealed that such attacks were carried to portray IPOB and ESN in a bad light.
“Anybody who hears the story will be mad at the story. But who are the people who are burning INEC offices? Who are those killing the police? There is the impression that some people, maybe even in the government, are guilty of organising such things and blaming it on IPOB and ESN. Efforts have been made by our elders of our people to find out the truth and the hands of IPOB and ESN are not there,” he said.
“I am sure you know that at Owerri prison, there was a lot of devastation and the IG of police blamed it immediately on IPOB and ESN. Even the governor of that state at the beginning thought it was the IPOB and ESN, but now we know that more than 80 percent of people caught by the CCTV footage are not from the south-east or even the east at all.
“Now, Gulak is dead. Was it a design again to blow it on IPOB and the ESN? We are learning more now that there is a design to provoke the east. Igbo do not have the tradition of shedding blood or burning down things.”