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Southeast Governors Disown IPOB, Secessionists

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Secessionist activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafran agitators have been condemned by Southeast leaders.

On Saturday, June 19, the leaders unanimously stated that the groups don’t speak for the Igbo.

The leaders which include governors, federal lawmakers, elders, traditional and religious leaders in the region, affirmed their commitment to a united Nigeria under the platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love, and respect for one another.

The united front was communicated after a closed-door security meeting at the Enugu State government house.

They condemned in totality the violent secessionist agitations in the southeast and firmly proclaimed that such groups are on their own.

In a communiqué read to journalists at the end of the four-hour meeting, the leaders announced that they have set up a committee to engage such youths leading secessionist agitations.

Governor David Umahi was quoted to have said the strategic meeting also condemned killings of security operatives and civilians in the southeast and other zones and urged security operatives to discharge their responsibilities within the rules of engagement.

Part of the communique read: “We, the southeast leaders condemn in totality the violent secessionist agitations in the southeast. We firmly proclaim that we do not support them. They do not speak for the southeast.”

Recall that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state recently assured that Igbos won’t secede away from Nigeria.

The governor, however, stated that what Igbo people want in the country, is not to be treated as second-class citizens.

Governor Uzodimma made the statement on Wednesday, June 17 when he welcomed the House of Representatives committee on constitution amendment led by the deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase to Imo State.

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