Governors in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, under the umbrella of South East Governors’ Forum, have declared that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB are not speaking for the entire region on the call for secession.
The leaders on Saturday, June 19 openly disowned activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafran agitators.
Notable leaders including governors, federal lawmakers, elders, traditional and religious leaders in the Southeastern region, met on Saturday in Enugu State to figure out ways of curbing the current security crisis bedevilling the region, strongly condemned all secession agitation in the country.
Chairman of the forum, David Umahi who stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, said they believe in one Nigeria.
“We, the southeast leaders 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 South East.
“The impression that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitations for secession is not correct.
“South-East Governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations.
The leaders further condemned the secessionist agitations in the southeast and firmly proclaimed that such groups are on their own, they also announced that they have set up a committee to engage such youths leading secessionist 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 such fears,” he said.
The governor, however, stated that what Igbo people want in the country, is not to be treated as second-class citizens.
The leaders affirmed their commitment to one united Nigeria under the platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love, and respect for one another.