The South-East Governors’ Forum has declared that it has no sympathies whatsoever for the increasingly aggressive calls for secession by members of the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
South-East governors have made a statement saying that they do not support the movement (by what they regard as a few who do not speak for the interests of the majority) calling for the secession of the South-East from the Nigerian federation. This disclosure was made by the Chairman of the Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, to the press shortly after the meeting of the Forum in Enugu State on Saturday, 19 June 2021.
This statement has come on the back of recent suggestions by Nigerians all over the Southern part of the country that only those who benefit from the system have refused to entertain any talks about its break up. According to Governor Umahi, the governors felt the need to publicly comment, considering what he termed as ‘impression that South-East leaders are silent over agitations for secession’.
He said: ‘We firmly proclaim that we do not support [IPOB], they do not speak for the people of South-Eastern Nigeria.
‘South-East governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members and notable leaders have come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations.
‘In order not to mismanage the situation, South-east leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak…’