In a meeting which took place at the Government House, Enugu, Governors from the South East Zone of the country have assured Igbos living in the North of their safety in view of the Quit Notice which was handed down by a Northern Youth group on June 3, 2017 in Kaduna.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi revealed that they were constantly in touch with the Northern Governor’s Forum and the Federal Government amongst other stakeholders.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed us, and of course we have been in touch with the Federal Government, we have been in constant touch with our colleagues, and Ohanaeze has also been in constant touch with our people in Northern Nigeria and we want to assure all our people that have been in Northern Nigeria that we are in constant touch and dialogue with the federal government and of course in liaison with the Northern Governors’ Forum to make sure that the lives and properties of our people are very secured, and on this development we will continue to monitor to make sure no Igbo man living anywhere in this country is living in fear or is disadvantaged or the live threatened”.
The forum further backed the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election, which IPOB has threatened, saying:
“We have also, as a people at South-East Governors’ Forum, thrown our weight behind the November 2017 governorship election in Anambra State, and appeal to all stakeholders to ensure that we have a very peaceful election in the state”.
In a related development, a Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has condemned the Quit Notice issued by a Northern Youth group, to Igbos living in the North, and also the agitation for the creation of the Biafra Republic.
Chairman of the group, Mallam Shettima Yerima, gave the disapproval saying that any person or group who wants to change his or her identity must follow the constitutional provisions and not take laws into their hands.
Mallam Yerima who stated that the group was against actions that could threaten the unity of the country also said
“We have reviewed the Kaduna Declaration because of the fact that Ohaneze and the South East Governors have said that they are not part of the agitation.”
He thereafter called on the youths to fight for the unity of the country in a non-violent manner and avoid making themselves available for use by any person for fraudulent purposes.