THE South East Governors have banned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw military personnel on the streets in the zone.
In proscribing IPOB, which the Federal Government recently dubbed a terrorist organisation, at an emergency meeting in Enugu, the governors directed all agitators in the zone to articulate their positions on issues and forward same to them.
At the meeting Friday, were the General Officer Commanding 82 Div, Nigerian Army, Enugu, National Assembly members, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano and Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere. The Ohanaeze President General was represented by Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, former deputy governor of Ebonyi. The IPOB sent apologies.
The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum Dave Umahi, who read the 11 point communiqué stated that the zone reinforced its commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.
“We also reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian,” he noted.
Amidst fears of security of Ndigbo in the North, Umahi assured that “we are in touch with the Northern Governors’ Forum and they have assured us of safety of all our people living in the North and we have also planned for exchange of visits between the governors and to re-enforce the confidence of Nigerians in this respect.”
He pledged that “full investigation is ongoing on all allegations of killings maiming and other unlawful conduct in the South East zone within this period,” while appropriate action will be taken against anyone found culpable.”
The Communiqué arising from the emergency meeting of South East Governors at the Exco chambers, Government House, Enugu, on Friday, September 15, 2017
In view of the prevailing security situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, the South East Governors hereby resolve as follows:
- All activities of IPOB (Indigenous People Of Biafra) are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all National issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the South East zone through the Chairman South East Governors Forum.
- All Governors of South East zone are to ensure compliance in their respective states.
- South East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members do hereby reinforce their commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.
- We also reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.
- We reiterate our earlier position that the November 18, 2017 Governorship election in Anambra State must hold.
- Accordingly, we appeal to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to please withdraw the Military in the South East zone, while Police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order.
- South East Governors have taken concrete steps to protect lives and property of non-indigenes in the South East.
- We are in touch with the Northern Governors Forum and they have assured us of the safety of all our people living in the North and we have also planned for exchange of visits between the governors and to reinforce the confidence of Nigerians in this respect.
- In keeping with our earlier position, we wish to assure Nigerians that full investigation is ongoing on all allegations of killings, maiming and other unlawful conduct in the South East zone within this period. The Governors and the security agencies are in agreement that appropriate action will be taken against anyone found culpable.
- We advise all residents of the South East to go about their normal businesses as Government of each State is committed to protecting everybody.
- Finally, we advise our people in the South East to please be law abiding.
Engr. Nweze Dave Umahi, FNSE, FNATE
Governor of Ebonyi State
Chairman South East Governors Forum