The meeting of the South East Governors’ Forum, SEGF – Igbo leaders – to deliberate on the security consequences of the agitations by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ended in Enugu, with the resolve that the leaders set up a delegation of Igbo elders to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the marginalisation of Igbo in the country.
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According to Vanguard, the forum also consented to discuss with members of the MASSOB and IPOB groups with a view to ending the protests now rocking the old Eastern region.
The statement which was read by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, at the end of the meeting on behalf of his colleagues said, “We agreed that south-east governors should set up a committee to immediately address the impasse on Ohanaeze leadership. After a compassionate review of the recent MASSOB/IPOB agitations in the country, it was resolved that a committee be set up to dialogue with MASSOB,IPOB as well as the Federal Government with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issue.
“The elders also examined other issues including poor state of infrastructural facilities in the south-east, marginalization in federal appointments and other socio-economic issues that impact on the economic development of the south-east and resolved to support the decision of south-east governors to set up an economic council and urged them to interface with the Federal Government on remedial measures. A delegation of elders of the south-east was mandated to meet with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Bear in mind, members of MASSOB and IPOB have been agitating for the release of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, detained by security agents for running an illegal radio station.
Meanwhile, the two factions of Ohanaeze were not invited to the meeting as the governors had said inviting any of them would have meant legitimising such faction.