SOUTH-EAST governors and other Igbo leaders have waded into the recent media spat between former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and the business mogul and oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze.
Igbo leaders in various quarters have expressed displeasure with the banter in the media war and worried that it might degenerate further.
During a virtual meeting, Sunday, the South-East Governors and other Igbo leaders including senators and business men, mandated the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo to meet with the Anyim and Eze over their misunderstanding in a bid to halt the media brickbat.
Prince Eze had in a media interview accused Anyim of not doing much for the South-East region during his tenure as SGF under former president, Dr. Good luck Jonathan and as President of the Senate.
Anyim in a lengthy statement fired back at Eze, describing him as a contract chaser, who assesses performances based on the number of contracts he was benefitting from or benefitted from holders of public office. He also told Prince Eze to respect his status as a senior citizen, and never to cast aspersions on him again.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, who participated in the meeting, disclosed this while briefing journalists in the Governor’s Lodge, Abakaliki.
Umahi said the meeting noted that the two were illustrious sons of Igboland and should cease fire.
He said: “The meeting requested the President of Ohanaeze to meet with Prince Arthur Eze and Anyim Pius Anyim (who is from Ebonyi State) to mediate between two of them.
“The meeting directed that both illustrious son of alaigbo (Igboland) should cease fire. And we appeal to you not to give life to this little misunderstanding between these two brothers.”