S-East govs to engage Kanu on IPOB’s ‘absolute’ demands
David Umeahi, Chairman South East Govs’ Forum
The governors of South-East geopolitical zone have resolved to engage the leader and members of (IPOB) on what they described as the agitators “absolute demands.”
yesterday, took a swipe on the leader of Biafra Independence Movement, (BIM), Chief Ralph The governors decision was the outcome of their meeting with the IPOB leader in Enugu Government House, yesterday.
Kanu was led into the meeting by the leader of Igbo Leaders of Thought,( ILT), Prof. Ben Nwabueze, and the President of Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Evangelist Elliot Uko.
The meeting, which lasted for hours, did not have the crowd of IPOB members a but few that came with Kanu to the meeting.
Addressing newsmen in company of the IPOB leader and his few entourages, chairman of South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said:”The South-East Governors today, the 30th day of August 2017 met with the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi Kanu, together with Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, and Evangelist Elliot Uko. “The meeting deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly. “However, the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute but rather, the South East governors shall immediately engage the leader of IPOB to further meetings and dialogue with a view to quickening the resolutions of all issues amicably.
” Kanu who looked calm did not speak on the outcome of the meeting but drove off with Prof. Nwabueze and Evangelist Uko .
The governors in attendance include those of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi, who is the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum; his Enugu counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke. Governor Umahi said the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his Imo State counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, were said not to be in the country and could not attend the meeting.
The meeting is believed to have held for reasons not far from the application recently filed in the court by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, and seeking re-arrest of Kanu for allegedly violating his administrative bail conditions.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who was furious over Malami’s quest for re-arrest of Kanu, had accused Mamali of playing double standard on the vexed cross fire between Arewa youths threat of genocide on Ndigbo and the Biafra agitation. Nwodo had, Tuesday, commenced dialogue with pro-Biafra groups, starting with MASSOB in Enugu.
Though Nwodo did not state the outcome of the meeting, leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu said it was a family meeting, describing Ohanaeze as their fathers.