South East leaders back restructuring, disown Biafra
South East leaders at the weekend in Enugu gave their backing for the call for the restructuring of Nigeria thereby disowning the agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra. The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Umahi, disclosed this at Nike Lake Resort Hotel at the end of a joint meeting of South East Governors, members of the National Assembly from the zone, Ohaneze Ndigbo and selected Igbo Leaders of Thought on the state of the nation. In a communiqué issued at the end of the joint meeting by the chairman of Southeast Governors forum Engr. Dave Umahi stated that Igbo leaders condemn all hate speeches and conduct emanating from any segment of Nigeria. The joint meeting however was silent on the agitation by pro-MASSOB group for a sovereign state of Biafra and on the quit notice issued to Igbo by the coalition of Arewa Northern Youth Forum to vacate northern states of the country. The communiqué read: “That Ndigbo are in support of a united Nigeria where peace, love, fairness, justice, equity and equality of opportunity are paramount regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation. “That we condemn all hate speeches and conduct emanating from any segment of Nigeria. “That Igbo leaders lend full support to the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the bases of fairness and equity. They called on the Federal government and all Nigerian leaders to commence a process of dialogue among Nigerians on the modalities of achieving this pressing question within a reasonable time frame. The communiqué continues, “That Ndigbo support the report of the National of 2014 and urge the Federal government to set up structures that will enable the implementation of same within a reasonable time. “That the southeast Governors, members of the National Assembly from the southeast and the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo should henceforth constitute the official organs that will speak on behalf of Ndigbo on political matters. “That the Southeast leaders, in consultation with leaders from other parts of the country, will engage the federal government on all areas of concern to Ndigbo and to Nigerian as a whole,” it concluded.
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