The governors of South-east Nigeria has denied claim that they recently met for a meeting where they accused the federal government of killing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement by the chairman of the South-east Governors Forum, David Umahi, the governors debunked a reportby one Nwankpa Osita Okere who recently alleged that the governors met in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, where they accused the federal government of brutality on the Igbo ethnic nationality.
Premium Times reports that Governor Umahi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said:“While it is our responsibility to protect the lives and property of our people including the IPOB, it is rather embarrassing to link the forum to whatever politics of bitterness in any part of the country.“Firstly, the writer and his paymasters failed to meet up with the realities on ground as concerns the already initiated move between the governors’ forum and leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu,reached during our last meeting in our secretariat in Enugu.“It is, therefore, the wish of the forum to assure the general public that the communiqué raised during our last meeting with IPOB leadership still stands and anybody circulating any report contrary is the real enemy of Ndigbo and should be disregarded.”He claimed that such rumour was beingpassed by enemies of Ndigbo, who are out to cause trouble between the governors and the federal government as well as strain the relationship between IPOB and the governors.
Meanwhile,we earlier reported that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday, September 6,received some IPOB supporterswho were released from alleged military detention.
The youths were detained on Monday night, September 4, at the popular Isi Gate area, after they clashed with the army.