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BIAFRA; South-East Govs, Traditional Rulers others condemn IPOB, declare support for Nigeria

Some leaders in the South-East on Saturday, June 19, have reaffirmed their commitment to one united Nigeria under the platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another, and as such the leaders have dissociated themselves from the activities of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) as well as other pro-Biafran agitators.

According to the leaders, which includes Traditional Rulers, Political leaders, South- East Governors, Religious leaders Ministers, Lawmakers, Senators, Youths leaders, IPOB and MASSOB, doesn’t speak for or act in the interest of the Igbo people.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the information was contained in a communique read by the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi.

In the security meeting, held in Enugu State Government House, the leaders who were present jointly condemned the
secessionist group activities that led to blood shed and more violent in the South-East.

According to the communique, the leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths leading secessionist agitations to stop.


The communiqué reads in part, “We, the South-East leaders condemn in totality the violent secessionist agitations in the southeast. We firmly proclaim that we do not support them. They do not speak for the Southeast.”

“The impression that Southeast leaders are silent over the agitations of our youths for secession is not correct. Southeast governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo president and our national assembly members, our ministers and our leadership from southeast, notable leaders from southeast had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations.”

“In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation we found ourselves, Southeast leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow the elders of Southeast to address their fears.”

“Meeting directed our governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from Northern part of Nigeria and other indigenes of other regions that are living in the southeast to come out openly to assure their people and Nigerians that they are very safe and well protected while living in the southeast.”

“The meeting also set up a committee under Ohanaeze to articulate and address all burning issues to further meet amongst ourselves and further meet with the presidential team”.

“We the Igbos reaffirm commitment to one united Nigeria under the platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another, “it reads.

Some Governors who were at the meeting included Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, while Governor Hope Uzodimma and his Anambra State counterpart, Chief Willie Obiano were represented by their Deputies, Prof. Placid Njoku and Nkem Okeke respectively.

Other leaders present were former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu; former Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo and president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor and his predecessor, Chief Nnia Nwodo among others.

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