Following the emergency meeting with the Nigerian army’s GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Major Gen. Abubakar Adamu, the South-East governors on Friday evening proscribed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the region.
The meeting was attended by Governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Willie Obiano of Anambra and the Deputy Governor of Imo State. Also in attendance were the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and Chigozie Ogbu, former deputy governor of Ebonyi State, who represented the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo.
In a statement, the governors said:
“ In view of the prevailing security situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, the South East Governors hereby resolves as follows: 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 the South-East Zone, through their chairman, South-East Governors Forum. All Governors of South-East Zone are to ensure compliance in their respective States.
South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze 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. We reiterate our earlier position that the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra must hold.
Accordingly, we appeal to Mr. President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammad’s Buhari GCFR to please, withdraw the military in the Southeast zone, while police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order. South East Governors have taken concrete steps to protect lives and properties of indigenes and non indigenes in the south east.”
— Governors of the Southeastern States of Nigeria