Governors of the South-Eastern States and stakeholders in the zone on Saturday condemned the activities of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafa (IPOB), saying the group does not represent the interest of the Ndigbo.
The stakeholders, therefore, reaffirmed the commitment of Ndigbo to one united Nigeria.
They, however, noted that their commitment is to one united Nigeria under the plartform of justice, fairness, love and respect for one another.
Addressing journalists after a South-East Governors Forum meeting, Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, pleaded with leaders of other regions of the country to note the threats to Igbo people and protect them.
Umahi disclosed that the strategic meeting also condemned killings of security operatives and civilans in the South-East and other zones and urged security operatives to discharge their responsibilities within the rules of engagement.
According to Umahi, the meeting requested the National Assembly members from the South-East to support the creation of state police in the ongoing constitution amendment exercise.
“We Igbos do reaffirm our commitment to united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality, fairness love and respect for one another
“We fairly promise to protect everyone either from other region or another regions living in our places.
“We plead with the leaders of other regions to please note the threats to our people and protect them.
“We condem the killing of security agents, the burning of some strategic infrastructures and killing of civilians in South-East and even in other regions
“We request our security agencies to please discharge their duties within the rules of engagement of the law
“We condemn in totality the activities of private successionist group in South-East, we firmly propose that we do not support them, they do not speak for South-East. The impressions that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths agitation for successional are not correct,” he said.
Others present at the meeting include Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; former deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, among others.
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