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UPDATE: South-East govs ban IPOB’s activities, say Anambra election must hold

Following the emergency meeting with the Nigerian army’s GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General, Abubakar Adamu, the South-East governors have, Friday evening,  proscribed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the region.

The governors also appealed with President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the military personnel on Operation Python Dance II in the region so that the police can perform their constitutional duty of securing lives and property within states. South-East governors in emergency meeting with army over IPOB, Op Python Dance The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the Enugu Government House.

The meeting was attended by Governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Willie Obiano of Anambra and the Deputy Governor of Imo State. South-East governors in emergency meeting with army over IPOB, Op Python Dance Also in attendance were the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu and the President –General of the Igbo apex socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo South-East governors in emergency meeting with army over IPOB, Op Python Dance The Governors, in their resolution, declared that henceforth, IPOB should channel its grievances “on all national issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the South-East Zone, through their chairman, South-East Governors Forum.”

The governors also said that the governorship election billed for November in Anambra state must hold. The statement read thus: “ In view of the prevailing security situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, the South East Governors hereby resolves as follows: All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the South-East Zone, through their chairman, South-East Governors Forum. All Governors of South-East Zone are to ensure compliance in their respective States. South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly Members do hereby reinforce their commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.

We also reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian. We reiterate our earlier position that the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra must hold. Accordingly, we appeal to Mr. President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammad’s Buhari GCFR to please, withdraw the military in the Southeast zone, while police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order.