The South East Governors’ Forum condemned the activities of secessionist groups in the region and across the country.
It distanced itself from these agitations and condemned the violence that ensued leading to the loss of lives and destruction of property.
At the meeting held on Saturday in Enugu State, the governors went beyond their differences to tackle security challenges in the region.
David Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, said, “We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere; they do not represent the South East.”
“The impression that South East leaders are silent about some of our youth’s agitations for secession is not correct,” he noted.
“South East Governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, and other notable leaders had spoken out publicly against such agitations in the past. A committee has been setup so that leaders in the South East won’t mismanage the unfortunate situation and allow elders to address such fears.”
One United Nigeria
Governors noted that some groups were threatening the people of the region and promised to protect all – from the South East and other parts of the nation.
However, they pleaded with the leaders of other regions to protect Igbos living in their areas.
Additionally, the forum condemned the murder of security agencies and the destruction of strategic infrastructure as well as the death of civilians in the region’s south and east.
In addition, they urged the members of the National Assembly from the South East to support the creation of a state police as part of the ongoing constitutional amendment.
In the name of one united Nigeria, we, the Igbos, affirm our commitment to justice, equity of rights, fairness, love, and respect.
As Governor Umahi read the communique issued at the end of the meeting, Governor Umahi endorsed our South East security outfit – Ebubeagu and urged them to work with security agencies and respect the rights and privileges of all South East residents and visitors.
Among those in attendance were the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah; and the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, as well as religious and traditional leaders.