Governors of Nigeria’s Southeastern states have disowned members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, saying they are not speaking for the entire region on the call for secession.
The governors, under the umbrella of South East Governors’ Forum, stated their position on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting.
Chairman of the forum, David Umahi, who read the resolution after the meeting, said they believe in one Nigeria.
He said, “We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere.
“We firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for South East.
“The impression that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitations for secession is not correct.
“South-East Governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations.
“In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, South-East leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears.”
The governors had met to find ways of ending the insecurity in the region.