South-East insecurity: Governors’ Forum vindicates IPOB
… Schedules meeting with Buhari over Nnamdi Kanu
Nnachi, E.U, Abakaliki
The spates of insecurity currently ravaging Anambra State and other states in the South-East geopolitical zone, is no longer the making of the Indigenous People of Biafra, the South-East Governors’ Forum, has said.
According to the governors, cultists, armed robbers and kidnappers had regrouped and recruited members to use the name of IPOB to unleash illegality and criminalities in the region.
The Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, stated this in a statement, on Thursday.
Umahi added that governors and leaders of the zone would no longer food their hands and watch the region stand decimated by criminals and urged Anambrarians to go out on Saturday to elect a governor of their choice.
According to the governors, “We are aware of the various illegal orders of Sit-at-Home by different groups of state agitators for our people of South East to sit at home every Monday and from 5th to 10th November 2021.
“Whereas we have identified some of the spokespersons of some of these groups and we have been engaging them to stop all forms of violence and illegalities in South-East and allow South-East leaders to address all issues raised by them, we are however working with security agencies, our local security and our leaders to protect the lives of our people and to address all issues raised.
“We thank Ohaneze Ndigbo for a good job they did through their various committees in raising various solutions towards addressing all issues raised by our young children. South East Governors are studying their reports with the elders and leaders of the various South-East States and very soon, we will be meeting with Federal Government of Nigeria on these issues including deploying political solutions in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which we have already initiated.
“We thank our religious leaders, Conference of Bishops and Archbishops of South-East, the traditional institutions of South-East and Christian Association of Nigeria of South-East for their interventions and mediations on this matter. We will work with them to achieve the desired result for our people and Nigeria.
“We plead with all security agencies deployed for Anambra election to please secure the lives of our people in Anambra State while playing within the rules of their engagements.
“We are aware that the insecurity in South-East has gone beyond IPOB. Cultists, armed robbers and kidnappers have recruited themselves and are using the name of IPOB to be killing innocent citizens. We will not allow this to continue.
“We thank Federal Government of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission for their determination to hold Anambra election on 6th November, 2021. We will give them every support and shall help them to ensure a free, fair and violence free election. We therefore ask our people to go out and vote for candidates of their choice as we have been assured of adequate security measures to secure their lives and properties.”
The governors assured that the mediations and interventions they were spearheadeding, would lead to the eventually release of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, adding they were confident would call-off all Sit-At-Home orders.
“We are confident that through our mediation, that of religious leaders, Ohaneze Ndigbo and traditional rulers, IPOB will see reasons to call off all sit-at-home orders including the recent one of 5th to 10th November, 2021. We as South-East Governors are committed to political solutions over the present situation in South East and this will be achieved faster if all the illegal sit-at-home orders and violence by the various state agitators are stopped in South East.
“We wish Anambra people a peaceful election on 6th November, 2021,” the governors said.