Dr. Chris Ngige, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nze Modestus Umenzekwe, reminded members that IPOB was set up as a non-violent organisation.
According to the report from The Nation, Ngige and Umenzekwe recalled how IPOB was not set up as a violent organisation.
Speaking with The Nation in Awka, the one-time Anambra governor said that IPOB was registered by the former Ohaneze Ndigbo President-General, the late Dr. Dozie Ikedife, and other big wigs from the Southeast.
Ngige, who once represented the Anambra Central Senatorial District, noted that what was going on in the group was not part of the work plan.
The minister said he visited the United States (U.S.) and was welcomed well by IPOB members, instead of attacking him, adding that they knew he fed them when he held the fort as governor.
He said the proscribed IPOB should follow the workplan when it was formed instead of being a menace to the society, adding that the Shi’iite group was also proscribed by the Federal Government and not only IPOB.
The Igbo leader chided some evangelists for “killing Ndigbo” through what he called misinformation by them on the pulpits, warning that they should desist from such act.
Chief Umenzekwe said what Ndigbo needed was peace and not war.
He told The Nation: “We have some of our leaders as ministers at Abuja and we need to follow them. Sen Ike Ekweremadu is one of the Igbo leaders and he has served this country well as deputy Senate president. Why should IPOB attack him outside our shores.
“Let us queue behind our leaders and apply to avoid violence because violence will not bring peace. We have fought war in the past we don’t want any war again.
“There are more civil ways of making our agitations known. The issue of harassing him abroad is wrong and condemnable and we will never support that from IPOB or any other group.