The Southeast Governors Forum under the leadership of Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared all activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as illegal and proscribed the group.
The governors who met in Enugu earlier today to deliberate on urgent issues affecting the zone, also appealed to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari to order the withdrawal of the military who were deployed to the zone on Operation Python Dance II. The governors argued that the Police can be trusted to give a good account of themselves when it comes to protecting lives and properties. They directed members of the group or any other group who may entertain one grievance or the other against the Federal Government to channel their grievances through the appropriate channels as they reiterated their commitment to the indivisibility of Nigeria.
The emergency meeting which was attended by the President of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, the GOC of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Abubakar Adamu also assured on the readiness of the governors as the chief security officers of their various States to protect the lives and properties of indigenes and non indigenes of the State. They also insisted that nothing will stop the conduct of the November 18th governorship election in Anambra State.