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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Why we prescribed IPOB – South-East Govs

Rising from a one-day meeting in Enugu, capital of Enugu State, the South-East Governors have explained why they prescribed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), attributing their decision on prevailing security situation in the region, reports ITRealms.

The governors in a communique made available to ITRealms and endorsed by the Enugu State governor, who doubles as the chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Engr. Nweze Dave Umahi, noted that the attendant consequences have literally forced them to resolve as such, to save lives and for peace to return to the good people of South East.

The governors in a 11-point communique, advised IPOB and all other aggrieved groups to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and National Assembly Members from the South East Zone, through the Chairman, South East Governors Forum.

Also, he said, all governors of South East Zone are to ensure compliance in their respective State, stressing that South East Governors Forum, Ohaneze 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,” the governors said, reiterate earlier position that the November 18, 2017 Governorship election in Anambra State must hold.

They equally appealed to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, “to please, withdraw the Military in the South East Zone, while Police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order.”

The South East Governors, he said, have taken concrete steps to protect lives and property of indigenes and non-indigenes in the South East.

“We’re in touch with the Northern Governors Forum, 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 re-enforce the confidence of Nigerians in this respect,” they assured.

The governors emphasised that in keeping with earlier position, they wish reiterated 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,” the governors said.

Just as they advised all residents of the South East to go about their normal businesses as government of each State is committed to protecting everybody, as well as urging people in the South East to “please be law abiding.”

Nweke Ozo Nweke/GEE

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