Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State tried to pull off a photo-op in the form of a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London and was disrupted by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the separatist group advocating for secession of the southeastern part of Nigeria.
We are reliably informed that Okorocha, who once put up billboards in Owerri, the Imo State capital, with his photograph with President Barack Obama, was planning to use his appearance at Chatham House to paint himself as a statesman in preparation for a run for president in 2019.
But an IPOB source informed Naijiant.com that Okorocha is “the most hated Igbo governor” and IPOB members in London were tracking his movements in the city to cause him “maximum embarrassment. One of the protesters said in front of Okorocha that his brothers and sisters have been killed in Nigeria for agitating for Biafra.
Okorocha was due to attend a “town hall” meeting this evening in Walthamstow in East London from 7:30pm. It was not clear whether he still planned to keep that engagement after what happened this morning.
Watch a clip of the fracas here: