- Southeast governors say, outlawed group, IPOB, does not speak for Ndigbo
- The governors made their stance known during a visit to their Rivers state colleague, Nyesom Wike
- Governor Wike and IPOB have been at loggerheads in the past few weeks
Governors of southeast extraction have declared that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) does not represent or speak for Ndigbo.
Chief David Umahi, Ebonyi state governor and chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum stated this during a meeting with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike recently.
Governor Umahi said IPOB cannot force any section of the country to join its agitation for Biafra.
“We, Ndigbo, we do not support criminality. Do not buy into any criminal that is from our side. What is happening cannot be said to be for Ndigbo. Those people are not speaking for us.”
Recall that southeast governors on Thursday, October 29 resolved to set up funds to support victims of violence and looting after the #EndSARS protests were hijacked by hoodlums nationwide.
This was one of the resolutions at a meeting of the governors in Enugu, which also included National Assembly members and ministers from the region.
Also part of the meeting were Igbo women leaders in the region, clergymen, and traditional rulers from the southeast.
Earlier, the governors expressed deep concern over the erosion of mutual trust between ethnic nationalities across the country, stressing that such had widened and threatened national unity and cohesion.
They spoke after their virtual meeting with representatives of the youths and leaders of the zone said that they were worried about the loss of lives in the country amid the ongoing riots which were triggered by hoodlums hijacking the #EndSARS protests.
In a communiqué after the meeting, the governors acknowledged with great pain the ugly event that had enveloped the nation.
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