South East Governors Disown IPOB, Others Over Secession Calls


Governors of the South East geo-political zone have declared their unequivocal rejection of calls by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other groups, in or outside the region that are calling for secession or disintegration of the country. The governors who made the rejection statement in Enugu on Saturday, noted that any such individual or group is doing so its own.
Speaking under the aegis of the South East Governors’ Forum, the governors declared emphatically that in particular, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, are not speaking for the interest of the region especially as it relates to their call for secession.
While the meeting was aimed at finding effective ways of reining in current spate of insecurity in the region, the governors who spoke through the forum’s chairman, Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, took time to address those who are of the view that leaders of the region chose to remain silent over the crisis. Umahi, who condemned all calls for secession both in the region and anywhere else in the country, noted that more than anything else, the people still believe in the oneness of Nigeria despite its many teething challenges.
Governor Umahi, who spoke to journalists after the group’s meeting, urged those who hold the view that South East leaders are silent to discountenance such belief because the leaders are certainly not silent over the excesses of some young people in the region. According to him, leaders of the region, including the govrrnors, Ohaneze Ndigbo, national assembly members and other leaders have already established a think tank through which South East leaders and marshal the views of the region’s leadership rather than leave it to a cacophy of voices, adding that they have already been speaking on issues as they evolved.
“We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere. We firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for the people of South-Eastern Nigeria. The impression that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitations for secession is not true.
South-East governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations. In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, South-East leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address.

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