THE governors of the South East geo-political zone have met with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in a bid to address the demands of the group.
Briefing newsmen Tuesday at the Enugu State Government House after the meeting, the Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi stated that the governors have however agreed to have more meetings with the “entire leadership of IPOB.”
It was however learnt that the meeting was majorly a preemptive one designed to stave off attempts to re-arrest Kanu and douse the militant nature of the demands of IPOB.
The meeting according to sources was initially billed to be a private session between the governors and the leadership of IPOB but became public “in order to avoid unnecessary speculations.”
The meeting was attended by governors Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and the deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke.
Umahi explained that the governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and his Imo State counterpart Rochas Okorocha were unavoidably absent.
Others at the meeting were the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu, revered constitutional lawyer and chairman of The Patriots, Professor Ben Nwabueze and the leader of Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Evangelist Elliot Uko.
In the communique signed by Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, Umahi, the governors noted that, “the meeting deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly.”
The communique further stated that, “the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute rather the South East Governors shall immediately engage the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu and the entire leadership of IPOB to further meetings and dialogue with a view to quickening the resolutions of all issues amicably.”