Following their emergency meeting with the Nigerian army’s GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Abubakar Adamu, South-East governors have, Friday evening, proscribed activities of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the region.
The governors also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the military personnel on Operation Python Dance II in the region so that police could perform their constitutional duty of securing lives and property within states.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at Enugu Government House.
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, Mr Ike Ekweremadu and the President –General of the Igbo apex socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr Nnia Nwodo
South-East govs in emergency meeting with army over IPOB, Op Python Dance
The Governors, in their resolution, declared that henceforth, IPOB should channel its grievances “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.”
The governors also said that the governorship election billed for November in Anambra state must hold.
The statement read thus:
“In view of the prevailing security situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, 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, President Muhammad’s Buhari 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.”