The leader of the Biafra Nations League (BnL), Princewill Richards has commended Delta State Governor and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for identifying himself as an Igbo man from South-South, Newsbreak reports.
Okowa had in a recent interview insisted that he does not only represent the South-South, but also the South-east region of the country.
The BnL leader while speaking to reporters in Calabar, Cross River State on Monday said that many Igbo youths in South-south “have rediscovered their origin” after the comments from Okowa and also a statement credited to former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi had lamented how Igbo sub-groups were split from the South East to make Igboland appear like a barren territory without oil and gas.
Richards said although he is not supporting any candidate in the 2023 presidential election, he was attracted to the manner Okowa responded to questions.
The separatist leader said that unlike his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, who publicly denied being Igbo, “Okowa has disappointed Wike for not playing politics of identity”.
“I commend him for that, although I don’t support any candidate, and even if I will do, not a northerner to put us into another bondage. But then, I’m more interested in what Okowa said about the Igbo, yes, South East is different from Igbo, the affairs of the South East should not be generalized as an Igbo affairs because there are Igbos in Delta and Rivers States, and Okowa has made it clear that he cannot be counted out because he is from South South. Case closed,” Richards said.