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Double jeopardy as South East Govs, leaders proscribe IPOB

L-R: Deputy President of Ohanaeze, Prof Ogbu; Imo Dep Gov, Eze Madumere; Enugu Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Ebonyi Gov and Forum chairman, David Umahi; Anambra Gov Willie Obiano and Abia Gov, Okezie Ikpeazu at the South East Governor’s Forum meeting Friday in Enugu

From; Madu Ezenoha

Less than six hours after the Nigerian military command  had designated Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB a terrorist organisation, the South East Governors Forum, on Friday also  proscribed all activities of the group.

The governors announced the proscription of the pro-Biafra group after a meeting that lasted about 2:30 minutes, at Government House Enugu.

The meeting was attended by the leadership of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, leadership of Igbo extraction in the National Assembly, represented by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army Enugu, Major General Adamu Abubarkar.

Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi state Governor, Chief David Umahi, who read the 11 point communiqué, said the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was invited for the meeting but he did not attend, even though he sent his apologies.

The South East leaders however appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the military in the South East Zone, while the Police should perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order.

Umahi said, “South East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members do hereby reinforce their commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.

” All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all other 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 South East Zone through the chairman South East Governors Forum.

“We reiterate our earlier position that November 18, 2017 Governorship election on Anambra State must hold.

“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 said.

Umahi said that the South East have taken concrete steps to protect lives and property of non indigenes in the South East.

He said that the governors were in touch with their Northern Governors Forum and that they assured them of the safety of all Igbo people living in the north and they plan to exchange visits with their northern counterparts to re-enforce the confidence of Nigerians in that 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 be taken against anyone found culpable,” he said.

Aside Umahi, other governors in attendance include; Enugu Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu; Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano and Deputy Governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere, who represented his Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Ohanaeze President General was represented by one of his deputies, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, former deputy governor of Ebonyi state.

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