South East govs wade into IPOB/Army row
The South East Governors Forum (SEGF) has stepped into the row between the Nigerian Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Governors of the region expressed worry over reports of alleged invasion and sporadic shooting near the Umuahia residence of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The invasion reportedly left many injured.
The governors regretted that the alleged invasion of Kanu’s home came amid efforts to broker peace between the federal government and IPOB.
SEGF’s Director of Information, Chief Mike Udah, told Daily Sun governors in the region will broker amicable resolution to the row.
“South East governors are worried that the relationship between the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the federal government is degenerating into this kind of ugly situation. They did not want this kind of situation to occur and that was why they invited IPOB leader, Kanu, and Prof. Ben Nwabueze, to their meeting in Enugu, recently. So, they are working to ensure that such situation does not reoccur.
“South East governors do not want a situation where the region would be seen as working against the federal government.
“They don’t want a situation where there would be a breakdown of law and order. They don’t want a situation where it will appear that there is a strained relationship between the people in the region and the federal government.
“South East governors want peace and amicable resolution of whatever is the problem between the two parties. They will continue to do their best to ensure that the situation does not worsen.
“They will continue to meet with other pro-Biafra and Igbo groups, with a view to ensuring that there is peace in the land. South East governors are worried that the ugly situation which took place in Abia State could occur” he added.
In a related development, South East Elders Forum has warned against the ugly consequences of turning thezone to a war theatre.
The warning came against the backdrop of the alleged weekend shooting of dome IPOB members in Umuahia.
In a statement signed by the forum’s Convener, Dr Dozie Ikedife, the elders noted that a military exercise is normal but added that because of the tension in the country, they would not want it to be like an army of occupation, in any shape or form.